Knowing and Believing
The sun rises in the east and sets in the west. When I throw a stone in the air, it falls back down to the ground. It happens all the time. When I don’t eat, I don’t gain weight. The scale tells me so. These are facts. With facts we don’t argue. If I tell my wife, I believe you are my wife, she will take me to a shrink to see whether I am OK. If someone says, Look, I gained 30 pounds without eating for days, we scratch our heads.
My god is the only true god. Other gods are all false gods. All men are created equal. Black, white, brown, gays, hetros, small, tall, …. There is life after death. These are statements of one’s faith or belief. When I say, I believe, I am also admitting, I don’t know. Also when I say, I don’t believe, I am also admitting, I don’t know.
Thus, those who believe in the life after death and those who don’t believe in the life after death have one thing in common. They don’t know what is behind death. Since nobody knows, it is ridiculous to point fingers at each other and say, “I’m right, and you are wrong.”
I am a Christian. Kim is a Buddhist. Moniem is Muslim. I wish Kim well. I wish Moneim well. I wish that their faiths will help them to lead happy, healthy, and responsible lives on this tiny planet called the earth, as I wish the same for myself.