I believe that in the end nothing is unknowable, but I admit that at least part of my believing that is me wanting
it to be true, so I'm not sure if I even completely believe it or not.
Related to that concept I also believe there isn't a God or any kind of supernatural occurrence in general and there isn't anything science can't explain, just things we
can't explain yet
. I do acknowledge however that at the moment there is no way to DISPROVE the existence of God, and that it is ultimately harder to disprove God's existence since there's always a possibility of not having enough data. However I also think that in this case the burden of proof lies upon theists to prove the existence of God and not on atheists to disprove it since theists made the original claim, and so for the time being it makes sense to act as though a God (or Goddess or gods or spirits or anything supernatural really) does not exist since no definitive proof has been given either way and because current data provides a seemingly workable system for our universe that doesn't require the supernatural.
I also believe that death is inherently bad and life is inherently good, with the (possible) exception of cancer where it's a role reversal. In that situation I'm wrestling on whether the cells dying counts because they're singular symbiotic organisms that make up a larger whole instead of completely independent organisms like say a cat. I'm also unsure about where things like white blood cells fall under because of this. I'm fairly certain bacteria, including harmful bacteria, should be allowed to live if we can manage it though since they're technically independent, foreign organisms. I think we are right to get rid of them for the time being because we must ensure our own survival but also think it's an evil act, so we're being Necessarily Evil
for the moment. I also consider this true when consuming food, whether derived from plants or animals, since they're all once-living organisms (and since I count killing plants as also evil I consider people who are vegetarians explicitly for moral reasons to be somewhat hypocritical; health reasons are fine).
I think it's possibly more accurate to say that I'm certain that life is inherently good and death is inherently bad for me specifically
and that it is
provable, since I understand my perspective on the matter and can explain it thoroughly, and it's an ultimately subjective matter in this case. I'm still trying to figure out if it's possible to prove my belief when it comes to life and death in general
, though for the time being I operate on the assumption that it is and center my moral beliefs and actions around the idea, adopting an ideal of complete no-exceptions pacifism for all life except for matters of gaining sustenance.
edited 14th Oct '12 3:34:31 AM by MrZAP