reply to post by schrodingers dog
You're so right. We don't know. WE JUST DO NOT KNOW !
Quite often, I'll write that in a post.
Saying it does not increase your popularity, of course.
It makes people very angry sometimes.
First, they like to believe they
know and they spend a lot of time and energy trying to convince others that they 'know' i.e. are
They'll drag into their posts any number of 'proofs' and then play pseudo theologian/intellectual -- they'll drown you in 'evidence'.
Secondly, their mental stablity appears to balance on their insistence that someone
knows, be that the Pope, or scratchings in a pyramid
wall, or Grey-aliens ... whatever.
I suspect it's a 'control' thing. In order to function, they have to believe that WE have control .. that WE 'know' ... that WE have it locked
in a box or a book or chunk of stone or ancient chart.
The reality (that we haven't a clue really)scares them witless and makes them frantic and often hostile.
So they take refuge in 'theories' and in antiquity: if something's 'old' then it must be the truth.
They could take a heck of a weight from their shoulders and struggling little brains if they simply looked the situation in the face and said ..
'Gee, no matter what ... we don't know, do we? We haven't a clue, when it's all boiled down. Your theory is as good as mine, isn't it ? I
realise that now. Oh well, I'll just live my life and accept that mankind does not have all the answers, despite eons of trying to figure it out.
Ok. I've dealt with it now. I'm fine. And now I'm going surfing. '