Saturday, 3 May 2014

Pretty much everybody is unserious - that's why things must be kept simple

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Atheists are unserious, but then so are Christians and so am I.

Face it: Human beings are not serious - or, at least, not for long and never consistently.

Therefore we should not treat people as if they were serious.

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Our explanations are never serious - not wholly; and we always allow ourselves wiggle room somewhere (even if we  hope that nobody notices; not even ourselves).

But this is not a gotcha.

When we are trying to get something right, we simply must keep it simple.

We must make sure the main things are clear and coherent - because, in the end, that is all we can do.

(And lucky if we do that.)

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The alternative is to let things get complex, and inevitably this will mess up the main things.

Inevitably.

Complexity = errors about big things (because of our inability to get serious and stay serious)..

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