Monday, February 7, 2011

My Thoughts on Contradictions and Compatibility

We live in a world where anything is true, as long as one believes it is. Unless what you believe is true contradicts what I believe is true. Because then what you believe is true would not be true. Whether one acknowledges it or not, this is the philosophy of modern society. While some may desire a Utopian style society, the point remains that as long as belief systems contradict, there will always be controversy regarding these beliefs. Why is this? Perhaps it has to do with pride; no one enjoys admitting the beliefs they hold so dear are flawed. It is possible be merely a matter of will. One may agree another's ideology is more correct, but may refuse to give up faulty beliefs because of the change of lifestyle a new belief set would bring about. Whatever the case, the fact is all of these different contradicting beliefs cannot be true. Much like Ayn Rand said, "Contradictions do not exist. Whenever you think you are facing a contradiction, check your premises. You will find that one of them is wrong." I believe the best example of this is the Creation versus Macro-Evolution debate. These two beliefs blatantly contradict each other; therefore, one must be false. The basic definition of the ideology of Creation is that God spoke everything into existence in six 24-hour time periods, while evolutionist believe random chance mutations created life over the course of billions of years. Obviously, these two statements cannot both be true. If an omnipotent God created everything within a week, then it is impossible that the universe randomly constructed itself. Contrariwise, if the universe did just happen to form on its own, then there be no need for a Creator, and therefore no need to feel accountable to Him. The creation versus evolution debate is extremely mainstream. It is quite common to hear of new discoveries and developments supporting one or the other side of the issue. Very few people do not have an opinion on the matter, though there are some who have very confused views of the subject. There is one thing we can be 100% sure of: because of the contradictions, these two theories are not compatible. Only one can be correct.

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