I was at the Science Rally Saturday, then church. Why can’t we all just get along?
Science has produced good ideas for us - vaccines, antibiotics, electricity, steam engines, for a few. Science has also produced not-so-good ideas - nuclear weapons, racial superiority, and dioxin come to mind.
We all accept ideas based of faith, rather than scientific evaluation. The Ten Commandments, the Golden rule, Buddha’s principles and Mohammed’s tolerance and concern for the weak - good. Inquisitions, religious wars and blind adherence to doctrine, not so good.
All in all, I’d say science and religion have each done more good than bad. Each discipline has influenced the other. Each has evolved.
The trick is to be skeptical but accepting. Religious groups now accept the sun as the center of the solar system. Scientists are looking beyond Darwin’s early explanation of species development to embrace CRISPR (genome editing technology) technology. Can we do as well?
People at the science rally were grateful for what science has provided us. People at church are grateful, too. Beyond that, he details may differ.
Science is not perfect. Religion is not perfect. We aren’t perfect. But indifference and ignorance are destructive.
Can I tell you how to deal with someone who disagrees with you? Someone who resents your interference and rejects your ideas? I apologize, dear reader. I can’t do it. A little time, a little respect, a little listening and understanding, civility, flexibility….
What do you think? We have some big problems to solve.