The Collapse Of Logical Thinking

It just created erm... I mean... from... well it was just there.... right?

The Milky Way just created itself…like… erm… I mean… from… well it was ….just… erm… there…. right?

If anyone were to tell you that the tall building you see in front of you just came into existence because of some accidental combination of factors, you would think him rather stupid and would, in case, tell you so. If the same person were to tell you that his own watch has mounted itself into perfect functionality – always because “it just happened” – you would pity his relatives. If he were, then, to also insist that his watch has never needed to be put into motion by an appropriate source of energy (be that the charged spring, the battery or the solar cell), but one day, exactly in the same way as it “mounted itself” through pure coincidence, also started to run – and to run on time, his various inner elements all perfectly balanced – you would start to think whether medical attention is not urgently needed.

The fact is, though, you won’t find many people defying common sense is such a blatant way. Everyone knows things don’t build themselves out of pure accident, complex mechanisms need a high degree of intelligence to be even conceived, and every movement of a body is due to energy being utilised for the purpose, and which must have been applied to the body from a source of energy (a horse, an engine, the sun) or the movement would not take place. Everyone knows this, because this is the result of universal observation of laws which apply constantly to our entire reality; big or small, building or watch, engine or battery.

Surprisingly, though, common sense, logic and laws of physics are thrown straight in the rubbish bin whenever this simple common sense is supposed to be applied to the existence of God. A building cannot come into existence by chance, but the Milky Way did. Small complex things like a wristwatch need a high intelligence behind them, but the astonishingly complicated and wonderfully efficient human body (in which every second far more complicated processes happen than in the most complex of wristwatches) never needed any intelligence behind his daily, nay, continuously happening miracles. Energy cannot be created, but the energy from the Sun simply created itself from, from, from…  ultimately from nowhere and nothing, really.

Nowadays, people just don’t think. They largely emote, and confuse this dim work of their fatigued brain cells for logic, or justice, or spirituality, o even Truth.

They allow themselves to be so blindingly illogical in what concerns things on a big scale as they are utterly logical in the little one. And they know, everyone of them knows, that dimensions never make any difference in the way the planet is organised; that the same laws of physics which apply to an elephant apply to an ant; that these laws will decide whether a building stands or falls irrespective of whether it is a log cabin, or a skyscraper. They know all this. They see it at work every day. They also know – most of hem anyway – that these physical and logical rules apply to the entire universe known to us and there is no parallel bizarro-world where two and two makes five, the laws of physics change according to the mood of the planets, and energy creates and multiplies itself for just so, for the fun of it.

They know all this, but when they stop applying elementary logic and most basic common sense observations to the matter of the Universe (of which, let me say this again, they know it is organised exactly as our little vale of tears), then being illogical and throwing most elementary common sense from the window suddenly sounds, if not outright smart, at least fetchingly “searching”, and more than somewhat sophisticated; as if this strange belief in God (or the belief that logic and rational thinking are important) were something for little children, uneducated peasants and boring, dim people.

Gosh, we live in stupid times…


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Posted on February 7, 2013, in Catholicism and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. … And now we have three incredibles, all of which have yet come to pass.

    It is incredible that Jesus Christ should have risen in the flesh and ascended with flesh into heaven; it is incredible that the world should have believed so incredible a thing; it is incredible that a very few men, of mean birth and the lowest rank, and no education, should have been able so effectually to persuade the world, and even its learned men, of so incredible a thing.

    Of these three incredibles, the parties with whom we are debating refuse to believe the first; they cannot refuse to see the second, which they are unable to account for if they do not believe the third…

    St. Augustine, City of God XXII, 5

    • Brilliant..

      I only add if we had priests insisting on these points rather than on “joy” (how is it that V II priests are so obsessed with “joy”?) or social works we’d have less people around us walking in the dark like the people St Augustine refers to..



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