The Beautiful Terror
After watching a PBS program on "Teaching Creationism in the Public Schools" last night I had the following thought:
The Beautiful Terror
I've seen it in their eyes and heard it in their voices. It's a beautiful emotion that makes them caring, generous and peaceful in the face of adversity. It gives them hope and brings a smile to their faces. It's their belief. The same belief that fills them with such ineluctable terror that it renders them incapable of rational thought and unable to accept the logic of their own brains. The enigmatic concept of God is accompanied by an equally enigmatic condition which afflicts the vast majority of Americans, and probably all people elsewhere, the ability to accept, in the face of overwhelming logic to the contrary that some omniscient, omnipotent and omnipresent force controls every molecule and process in the entire cosmos.
It is as impossible for a nonbeliever to understand the beautiful terror that fills the mind of most people as it is for them to understand how we are unable to see the truth of their belief. There should be no animosity, no anger, no argument and no hatred between the two groups because they live in entirely different cognitive worlds and it makes as much sense for them to antagonize each other as it does for an American and a Spaniard to argue over whether they are "men" or "hombres."
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