Risky Business

A man was caught in a forest fire. As the man flees from the fire he suddenly finds himself caught at the edge of cliff with the fire burning up to him. It is dark and he can not see over the cliff. He does not want to be caught by the fire, but is afraid to jump off the cliff into the darkness. He stands there with less than a minute to decide what to do. Then a voice calls from the darkness over the cliff, ‘Jump, I’ll catch you.’ The man hesitates and the calls out, ‘I can’t see you! There is only darkness down there.’ The voice calls back, ‘Jump anyway. I can see you!’

– Soren Kierkegaard, Danish Existentialist Philosopher

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  1. scaryreasoner

    Bad example. People with fire at their back will jump out of a skyscraper even when they can see perfectly well that there is in fact NOBODY to catch them.

    Happened a bunch of times on national TV in 2001, on 9/11.

    Those people that flew those planes into those buildings… now THEY had faith.

    Faith sucks. Faith is deliberately deciding to believe something to a degree of certainty which exceeds what is warranted by the available evidence. That is not a virtue. That is just stupid. Faith needs to be stripped of its good reputation and shown for what it really is: institutionalized stupidity.

  2. gregorychang

    You know what. I totally agree with you. Faith really does suck. And seems stupid at times.

    But let me ask you this: What if you really don’t have all the evidence? And you’re forced to make a choice? Would you then blame the man at the cliff for jumping?

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