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As a fundamentalist Jew, I am no stranger to the valid criticism that my beliefs cannot be sustained from empirical data.
But what astounds me is how those who criticize religious people are they, themselves, completely down the rabbit hole when it comes to their own beliefs versus the data. Consider, for example, every faddish diet that is asserted to be “healthier” even though there is zero evidence that being Vegan/Vegetarian/Macrobiotic/No Sugar/No Salt/All Fiber/etc., actually leads to a longer and happier life.
But nobody cares.
It is like all the frightened people wearing masks everywhere again, or insisting that, while they had Covid, “it would have been much worse if I was not vaccinated.”
I have precisely the same problem with all those good and nice people who believe that a food is superior because it is “organic” or “natural.” Or that natural supplements are superior to drugs that actually, you know, work. Because, somehow, natural is better.
Natural is not better. We have the data set of the entire human race. Nature kills. It is technology that improves life, that cures disease, that extends the length and quality of our lives.
But why does nobody care?
It reminds me of a friend of mine who died of curable prostate cancer — and he did so proudly, because he believed that the Canadian healthcare system was such an inherent good, that his own deadly outcome from an otherwise-curable illness was a sacrifice well worth making to show his faith.
And they call me illogical?Published in