Originally Posted by Gloominati
In that context, why does knowing or believing in anything matter? No matter what religion or lack there of one claims they still have to wake up every morning and go make a living. However, people argue all the time over what is "right" and what is "truth." Here on these forums, there have been possibly hundreds or threads over the years where people argue to the death over fact and fiction. Then the next day those very people woke up in a world where it didn't matter. Of course those of science felt a bit of comfort in that they could observe, calculate, and prove their beliefs within the current knowledge of man.
But still the question remains, why? Does any of it really matter when we all must try to make it in the world? There is obviously an urge in some people to feel satisfied with their outlook on reality. Its all a question of "What if." Its the very same question that had made the world what it is today. What if we could fly, What if we could walk on the moon, What if we could cure that. We as a species constantly push the limits of ourselves farther and farther, in hopes that one day we may wake up from our nightmare of living monotony. It is a hope that we, and future generations, can inhabit a world of infinite possibilities and never have to worry about the problems of yesterday. It is hope that drives us to wonder and question and debate about these petty things that we could obviously live without. But who wants to live in a life without hope?
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