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Meditation 1352
That Which Has No Answer

by: Manny

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I recently came across this quote from Ursula K. Le Guin's "Left Hand of Darkness," and it seemed to me that it quite neatly summarizes the beauty of the Apathetic Agnostic point of view:

"To learn which questions are unanswerable, and not to answer them: this skill is most needful in times of stress and darkness."

So very many of the problems cropping up on the world today stem from the inability of religions, philosophies, and belief systems to accept the fact that there are a great many questions that are simply unanswerable. And not only that, but after providing "answers" to these questions, it becomes necessary to try to make everyone accept these answers through whatever means necessary: suicide bombings, ruthless indoctrination of innocent children into warped and groundless belief systems, an unwillingness to accept that it's ok to NOT believe in the same things.

These are dark times, and the road to the preservation of our basic humanity lies in the ability to rise above the artificially created hatreds generated from religious indoctrination and appreciating the intrinsic humanity of all people. Don't hate because of the scripture someone believes or doesn't believe. And remember, agnostics don't fly airplanes into buildings or blow up innocent people. Peace out, y'all.

Note by JT: In an 20 question interview with the Times Literary Supplement in March of this year, Ms. Le Guin was asked:

Which is your least favourite fictional character?

She replied: Do you mean which one do I think is most unbelievable, or which one do I loathe most?  I guess God in the Book of Job would qualify for both.

She may not realize it, but I think Ms. Le Guin is one of us.


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