posted on Jul, 11 2005 @ 01:27 AM
Hi all… I’ve only recently become a member of ATS (finding it interesting so far) and as yet have only posted a few comments. I have however
read a lot of the threads. Two of the most active areas seem to be Creation versus Evolution and Aliens versus No-aliens.
Now this may cause a few people to get angry with me, but from what I’ve seen on these boards not many people are actually too interested in seeking
the truth. Rather, they have a fixed and unchanging viewpoint and are only interested in convincing others that their view is wrong.
Both of these areas (Aliens and God) have no definitive answers as yet and are therefore open to being proven either way. This being the case, to
blindly state that your case is correct and the other is not, is illogical. If you are searching for the correct answer then you must look not just
at evidence that appears to prove your own belief, but at the opposing evidence as well. And you must view and evaluate that evidence OBJECTIVELY,
not subjectively. By blindly sticking firmly to your belief (and it is after all, only a belief) in these matters you are precluding yourself from
ever finding the answer.
The question is, therefore, why do so many people do this? Why do people spend all their time vehemently defending their viewpoint, without ever
taking an open-minded view at the opposing evidence, let alone accepting the possibility that they may be wrong? The reason, I believe, is that most
people who hold such strong and unchangeable views, are actually defending a HOPE that they are correct. And that this hope is born out of a
desperate need to feel important, or valid.
Let me give a few examples, taking the two opposing views for both the GOD and the Alien debates. Please understand that I am generalizing to some
extent and I don’t think that everyone falls into these compartments.
God exists. I am created in his image. God loves me. I am important to God. I am important.
THERE IS NO GOD. THERE IS ONLY EVOLUTION.
All creatures are born out of the evolutionary process. This process has been going on for billions of years. Human beings are the pinnacle of
evolution. I am a human being. I am important.
ALIENS EXIST AND ARE AMONGST US
We are not the only form of life in the universe. There are forms of life far more advanced than ours. Those life forms are already here. They
would only be here if we are deemed to be important for some reason. We are important. I am important
THERE IS NO OTHER LIFE IN THE UNIVERSE
We are alone in the universe. There is no other life. We are unique. We are important. I am important.
All of these beliefs are born out of a sense of self importance or a need to feel important. They give the person a sense of validation. And by virtue
of this, they will be defended blindly and vehemently. Who will admit that their belief is wrong, if, in giving up this belief they have to give up a
feeling that they are important, or matter? I think that a lot of the time, with a belief structure of this nature it is difficult entering into
discussion with the person. They are right, you are wrong. Period. They have to be.
The funny thing is, with both of these subjects, if ever there is definitive proof either way, either answer will change our collective consciousness
and will have a major impact on our belief structures, philosophies and religions.
I for one am looking forward to the day when we know for sure either way.
My beliefs? I have no firm opinion, but I would prefer that there were other intelligent beings in the universe. And I would prefer that there is no
God (for my own reasons).
[edit on 11-7-2005 by DonkeyPlopPlop]