Aug 242012

And so in her uncertainties, she decided that she would go with science. In this way, her opinions would be based on facts, on knowledge, and not superstition. And so, with a thorough skepticism, she searched her heart for its existing superstitions so she could root them out and replace them with knowledge. She compiled a list and marched down to the local science lab in search of the facts and the proofs:

But the test tube labeled “justice” was empty. And so was the test tube labeled “love.” And she shocked to learn that there was no proof that murder was wrong, or that freedom was good. In fact, there was no test tube called “goodness” at all.

“Well,” she wondered, “how are we supposed to know what is right and what is wrong?”
In the end science could not tell her what she “should” do and she began to wonder if this “should” was itself a superstition. But science was silent, so she was faced with a choice, which is what she wanted to avoid in the first place.

Thus she learned that the Pope was correct: “There is no escape from the dilemma of being human.”

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