Monday, January 3, 2011

Hell Is the Absence of Reason

At the beginning of the movie "Platoon", the character played by Charlie Sheen said: 
"Somebody once wrote: 'Hell is the impossibility of reason.' That's what this place feels like.  Hell."
A related saying "hell is the absence of reason" is often attributed to Nietzsche, though it is unclear if he ever wrote those words.

Likewise, I don't know if I was the first one to write "faith is the rejection of reason", but I think it is clearly and absolutely true. 

When juxtaposed, these sayings can be seen to form a sort of extended syllogism:

Hell is the impossibility of reason; faith is the rejection of reason; the rejection of reason makes reason impossible; therefore faith is the impossibility of reason and therefore faith is hell.

I would add one more step:  What is hell?  It is the ultimate evil--an insane and tortuous existence that never ends.  Hell is something only a very sick mind could dream up, much less embrace.  Likewise faith.

The notion that we should all base our entire worldview on something for which there is no evidence is an insane and evil notion because it can only lead to insane and evil results.  Perhaps it was not such a bad principle for ordering human society during the early days of human history before we discovered notions of objectivity and rationality, but now that we know better it would clearly be insane to continue to adhere to it.

1 comment:

  1. The person who wrote "Hell is the impossibility of reason" was obviously someone who tried to deal with Bank of America.