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Be right.

May 16, 2012

“It doesn’t matter what you believe as long as you’re sincere.” That’s the basic argument. There are others that are versions of the same; like, “If a native in some remote area of the jungle somewhere believes in something with all his heart and he’s really sincere, then that’s all the matters.”

You can believe whatever you want, but that doesn’t make you right. You can believe all you want that a famished great white shark won’t rip you to pieces, but when you’re tossed into the water, your sincerity will matter about as much as the color of your socks. If it doesn’t work in normal life, why would that thinking work in the most important of areas, your soul? Believing sincerely in Allah is very different than believing sincerely in Lakshmi, which is very different than believing sincerely in Jesus Christ.

Don’t just be sincere. Be right.

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. May 16, 2012 7:01 pm

    So, we are to reject one unsupported conclusionary remark in favor of another one. Got it.

    • May 16, 2012 7:17 pm

      How is being right an “unsupported conclusionary remark”? What’s “unsupported” about rightness/truth? If instead what you’re asking is, ‘why are you saying ‘be right’ without stating what that is?’ then I would say my blog as a whole should be enough to point you that direction.

      I suppose it’s your prerogative to not care if you’re right or not, I’m just saying it’s worth it to know whether or not you are.

      • May 16, 2012 7:28 pm

        Perhaps my objection has more to do with your allusions to consequentialist arguments and something about a soul.

  2. May 16, 2012 7:51 pm

    Thanks for the dialogue. Please elaborate if you have some time, so I can better answer that.

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