FAITH

Faith is the antithesis of proof.

We seem as a society inclined to question “official findings” in modern times, regarding any number of historical accounts of past events. Why is that? Is it cynicism from having been lied to (and the lies detected) by our governments? Is it a desire to change or reject the outcome – wishful thinking? Is there intellectual or social cachet in embracing fringe beliefs?

We have numerous religions around the world, pretty much all are based upon described events that strain credulity or rational thought. Add to that more modern belief systems (Scientology, Mormonism, Creationism, etc) whose fundamental tenets are at odds with objective, scientific process. So within humanity exists the willingness to allow cognitive dissonance, conflicting positions to co-exist. We observe this politically, racially, sexually, ethically; it influences economics, justice and social policy.

Freedom of thought, the right to hold any point of view is fundamental to our republic…even if such beliefs scream in the face of logic and reason. So, the release of documents held secret since 1963 will offer ‘proof’ to both sides; those who believe that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone as well as to those who believe the Kennedy assassination was a conspiracy.

Ditto, 9/11. Ditto, UFO’s. Ditto, Michael Jordon. Oh wait a minute…He actually existed, right?

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