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The Power Of Progress

Progress cannot stand on principle alone. It requires results.

An ad aired during the Super Bowl break in January, advocating freedom of thought.

In a nutshell, its message was: ‘Someone doubts you? Let ’em!’

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Word! Life’s too short to waste on other people’s hangups. Especially if they’re illogical, fanatical and corrosive.

I Make My Own History…

Believing in ourselves and doing what we deem right, despite what others tell us, is both assuring and liberating, be we traditional or liberal. As long as we’re true to ourselves, following principles that bear constructive results, we’re on the right track.

Bearing in mind that the ad was aired by an organization representing atheism, one might say that only those following in the footsteps of non-religious creeds can be liberated. Religion is, after all, founded on conjecture and myth, not rational fact.

Logic dictates that there’s a purpose to religion when used wisely

I beg to differ. I may be a staunch rationalist, but I see merit in having faith. I do it because I’m a rationalist. Logic dictates that there’s a purpose to religion when used wisely.

See, in an age where God is doubted from all sides, believers can use their good sense to claim a world richer than the dry materialism science inevitably leads to. By falling back on our personal beliefs and common sense, unswayed by what unbelievers think, we may be the better off for it. As long as we don’t impose our beliefs on others, we’re free to do as we please. We’re expected to.

Why? Because logic dictates that everyone needs something to believe in.

Yes, there’s reason in faith, if one is reasonable about it.

If one is reasonable about it.

…And Future

The same holds for scientists, agnostics, atheists, and other people of no religious affiliation. They keep themselves busy, tending to what they believe in without worrying how to please any denomination, branch or sect. All they need do is apply their faith in facts and data with enthusiastic reserve and respect, letting the results speak for themselves. Necessity and imagination do the rest.

Amen! Amin! Amina! Om! QED!

Progress, it seems, requires both conviction and results. It hinges on whatever makes things work. Each person writes his or her own history, keeping the story going. Together we devise the greater plot, braving time’s ongoing current.