I’ll Think about it Later

One of the ways that we shore up our shaky worldviews is to collect problems with them and file them under “I’ll think about it later.”

“Yes, that is a difficulty,” you might say to someone who presents you with a contradiction, “but I still don’t think that disproves God’s plan. There are a lot of possibilities for how that might work.”

The problem here is that difficulties with truths and facts cannot simply be “absorbed” into a black hole of disregard. We can sometimes succeed in human relationships by ignoring serious difficulties, but cannot succeed in truth claims like this, because the problems are still there, bearing on the truth of the claim.

In my life, I came to a place in life where I was forced to think about the problems I had been leaving unresolved. I had some sketchy ways of resolving them, in the past, but I had not explored the issues to the bottom.

Unless something happens in your life that holds your head underwater and forces you to meditate, day and night, on the dissonance, you can sustain an incomplete or problematic worldview forever, without having set answers to key questions. It takes a seismic shift in the functional day-to-day attitude in order to meditate properly (by this, I mean “objectively”) on issues with our worldviews. So long as something is moving along, it takes very little effort to keep it moving along–whereas when someone presents you with a worldview that is entirely alien to you, you consider it as a stopped object, calculating the effort required to push it up to speed from scratch. This is not a fair comparison. Only when you are confronted with the task of rebuilding your worldview from scratch, do you start wondering how you got there in the first place.

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