Dare to be curious – think critically πŸš€


I am an atheist. And that’s OK. The notion that ancient, primitive people
in isolated, emerging proto-civilizations somehow discovered everything important about
life, purpose, and morality is insane! I would no more rely solely on the moral and
philosophical advice of ancient gurus, prophets, and philosophers than I would seek their age-old
texts for information on general relativity or quantum mechanics. Plato wasn’t aware of the germ theory of disease
and Newton was clueless about string theory. I say this not to downplay either of their
observations and discoveries, but to emphasize the absurdity of the notion that those who
lived before us had everything figured out – that sacred texts are infallible solely
because they’re ancient. If anything, human civilization is older NOW. We are the ancients, not those pondering existence
in the infancy of civilization. They don’t become wiser, just because they’ve
been dead longer. Now far be it from me to denigrate their brilliant,
history-worthy contributions or downplay the leaps and bounds society made thanks to them. We see further because we STAND on the shoulders
of GIANTS. But we still see further, gazing over the walls and hurdles that obstructed the vision of ancient societies. The advances made by brilliant minds of the past were achieved BECAUSE they questioned the status quo. Don’t we owe it to them to do the same? They pushed against societally accepted norms
and notions, putting forth new theories to be tested. And sometimes that even got them killed. Some of their ideas have stood the test of
time and others haven’t, but it was curiosity and questions that advanced civilization,
as open minds dared to ignore dogma long enough to ask, “Why?” – even in the face of great
opposition and persecution. They dared to face the stigma because they
believed the quest for truth superseded maintaining the status quo. And so should we. Now whether through extreme luck, or divine
intervention, ancient texts MAY have nailed everything on the first try. It’s highly unlikely, but they may have gotten
everything perfect the first go-around. But don’t we owe it to ourselves to find out
for sure? To ask without bias or presupposition, “If
this is true, how can we know?” And if and when it’s proven false, shouldn’t
we have the courage to accept that? I know it’s a terrifying question that brings
with it the ire of those who put tradition before truth. Who wrong-headedly value faith above fact. Who condemn with hatred and judgement those
who are different. And unfortunately, asking these questions
can have serious repercussions, and it’s not without personal sacrifice. For religion has the almost unique characteristic
of severing families and inciting hatred towards loved ones. But a message of love will always overcome
a doctrine of fear. The world is waking up. The non-religious, unbelievers, skeptics,
and atheists are the fastest growing group of people in the world. Isolated as it may feel, we are not alone. Knowing that society progresses through inquisitive
curiosity, aren’t all these difficult questions worth asking? I don’t claim to have all the answers. I’m not here to tell you how to live your
life. I’m only here to put a pebble in your shoe. Dare to be curious! It’s ok to think differently and to not drink
the koolaid.

20 thoughts on “Dare to be curious – think critically πŸš€”

  1. This is my new channel trailer. Holy Koolaid is about promoting curiosity and learning and getting people to think critically and ask difficult questions. Hopefully this does a good job of depicting that. Also, the audio sounds different in this video on purpose. I threw a compressor on it to give it an old radio sound. I'm just toying around with different sound styles. If you don't like it, let me know.

  2. Incredible video! Is there any way that I can have a copy of this script (all of what you said in this video)? I thought about typing it all out, but that would be tedious.

  3. Well, I do tell the rising generation it's their duty to disagree with me. And I am a walking advertisement for questioning the status quo.

  4. Dewd, It's not a good case – It doesn't matter what plato or socrates knew germ theory. Much better would be aristotle and universal imperatives. Confucius and existantialism. We should stop blending wise people together.

  5. Sorry to say but Islam is the fastest growing ideology currently in the world due to birth rates. Like how the Mormons grew so quickly through polygamy and child molesting

  6. Speaking of thinking critically, I assume we're allowed to ask the hard questions about whether our condescension toward the ancients is really warranted. Sure, we should question dogma and all, but our Neolithic ancestors were cognitively identical to us. If we're supposed to avoid all bias, we should recognize our biased ideas about progress and superiority too.

  7. Oh man, I missed wearing my fedora! Thanks for the reminder my man! Euphoria, here I come!

    All jokes aside though, thoughtful insights and analyses like these are why I love the sceptic movement.

  8. this just made me remember last year when I went to my great aunt's funeral.

    just a background: i was always kept in the dark about the religion i was expected to follow. was just expected to follow it and like it with no explanation or indoctrination. my dad's an atheist, but the rest of my family isn't, and so I only ever went to church when they did (although they never tried anything because they knew my dad would beat their ass if they tried). basically I just went, not soaking in anything, just humming the songs they'd sometimes sing because I LOVE music. yea i was the kid that fell asleep during church cos I got bored.

    So, back on track, that funeral was the first time I've been in a church like setting in nearly 10 years. now being old enough to understand what they're saying, while having not really been forced into any of the brainwashing to children, I was disgusted by what was said… it was purely manipulative, and in the two hours I was there, I HATED everything I heard because everyone believed and cheered to obvious bullshit, while all I could think was… why?
    and no one had an answer

  9. Religion taught me to obey. They never taught me to think. Not once in 18 years of indoctrination did they ever say why I should be expected to believe anything they told me.

    That was their mistake.

  10. Some of your videos are good but about 90% of them are ridiculous and opinionated. Give me facts . What you believe or don't believe is not important to me just the facts please;-)

  11. It's me again! Dare to be curious? I always am! Counting to 10…
    1.) IF God exists, is it okay to be an atheist β€” and how does the atheist know it's okay? (Explanation?)
    2.) How is the notion that ancient man knew about life, purpose and morality "insane"? (Argument?)
    3.) WHO or WHAT do you rely upon regarding the moral and philosophical issues… and WHY?
    4.) NOBODY in the history of the world has ever claimed that ancient religious texts are science books. NOBODY. (And string-theory isn't testable science.)
    5.) Who has claimed that those who came before us "had everything figured out"? And if atheism is correct, then the only thing to figure out is that nothing exists for any particular reason, morality and purpose are figments of the human imagination, and all is only destined for destruction β€” which means there is no point to figuring anything out and that in a very short time, you will cease to exist and it will be as if you never were. So why don't atheists just accept that and… enjoy their lives?
    6.) Who argues that "sacred texts are infallible solely because they're ancient"? Are they not trustworthy or wrong solely because they are old?
    7.) How does older = better or wiser? NOBODY argues that those who are dead become wiser. NOBODY. [face-palm]
    8.) The giants of which the narrator speaks, were mostly theists… many even Christians! (Those who were the pioneers of science. The theists gave us scientific inquiry because of what [and why] they believed… BEFORE they looked! That's just the historical truth of the matter!)
    9.) When theists use rational inference to the best explanation based on what we do know (the law of causality), observe (entropy, information is immaterial and only comes from a mind), and experience (objective moral values and duties – Romans 2:14-15?) to question the "status quo", why do folks like Dawkins default to mocking and ridiculing them rather than applauding them for being rational and following the evidence where it leads? (Empirical observation rather fantasies about infinite numbers of universes and strings of time, redefining nothing as something, magical information popping into existence uncaused, and assuming what is being denied in order to argue against what is being denied. [e.g., objective moral values and duties… "Don't we owe it to them…" What does the narrator mean by "owe"?]) Why don't atheists applaud theists for daring to 'think' outside the atheists tiny little box and offering rational and consistent answers where the atheists has none?
    10.) What good reason does the atheist have to ask "Why?" about anything? Pragmatism? Personal gain? Pleasure? If everything just is and just happened by accident (as must be the case if atheism is true) and will simply cease to be, then why ask why?

    That's 10 and there's still 2-minutes to go in the video! I'll stop here for now. Hey, don't mind me! I was… just thinking critically! [wink]

  12. Should I use this video when I "come out" as an atheist? It says basically everything.
    PS: I just submitted Spanish subs to this video πŸ˜‰

  13. All Praise Thomas Westbrook, Lord of his inner Universe! All hail the powerful mind that spoke such beautiful words!

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