December 22nd, 2021
I can’t stop thinking about one relevant difference between faith and science.
I try to be as respectful as possible to those who are religious, because I hope for that same respect in return, and I have seen the good that believing in someone or something can create.
That being said, there is something that needs to be remembered:
The difference between faith and science is that faith needs you to believe in it.
Science will exist whether you “believe” in it or not.
This feels more important than ever to remember, but I have a feeling that it’s something that has always been a problem.
Something you cannot prove is not a fact. Something you feel is only a fact to you.
“If you believe in science” is a nonsensical phrase, because if you don’t believe in science, guess what? The internet and your TV and your car and your watch and medicine and space shuttles and airplanes and boats will all still work.
And, sure, they break down, but that is science, too. The second law of thermodynamics. Entropy.
Something that exists only by belief loses its power when people don’t believe.
Something that exists here by the grace of physics and quantum mechanics will exist whether you think it does or not.
So when I talk about respect, I have to include common sense in the mix. Sense to recognize what is universal and what is personal. What is otherworldly and what is here.
Sense to know that we live in a magical world and some of that magic is provable, and that kind of magic is often ignored, overlooked and taken for granted.