In a way, I wish there was no need or even premise for this podcast. I wish that the world was just made of humans, sharing the existential necessities (space, time, food/water, etc.) and able to handle their pre-frontal lobe better. It’s the latest development of evolution and we’re pretty green when it comes to reigning it in. We’re the only species that asks “why.” I am able to be in agreement with this fact; it can be a beautiful thing—it’s the seed thought of art. But the damage it does to us every day is despairing, to say the least. How so? Not a day goes by that I don’t read about Israel air striking Palestinians, or Shiites car-bombing a Shuni marketplace, or Christians protesting funerals, or a father pouring acid on his own daughter’s face. I guess I’m hoping that we can be meaning-making creatures someday with those manufactured meanings producing such behavior. But today, they do. Richard Jeni said, “You're basically killing each other to see who's got the better imaginary friend.” How much certainty does it take for that father to have his sons hold the promiscuous daughter down and pour acid on her face? He has to be REALLY sure that this is the RIGHT thing to do to overcome all his natural instincts kicking and scratching at him to NOT. How much certainty to fly a plane into a building? To hold a sign that says, “God laughs at this soldier’s death?” To perpetuate suffering in Africa by prohibiting contraception? A lot of fucking certainty. So the show exists to create a space in the middle for conversation—not knowing. To help us back off our certainties. To help us loosen our grip on over-confidence. There’s not one iota of evidence when it comes the existence/non-existence and nature of God, and yet we NEED to be “in the know” so badly that we will check our instincts and our critical faculties at the door. At this, the earth cries, anyone with a soul cries, and the solution is as simple as admitting that you don’t know. --Cass
I was asked on Facebook whether I was agnostic about the existence of Santa Claus, and this was my response...
This damn thing we call language...its nearly impotent to elucidate our thoughts (which are also using language). "No knowledge" is my use of the word agnostic here. It has come to mean "on the fence" or choosing neither pole. Some of us have made a decision (one way or the other) on whatever issue; we have resolved that we're not on the fence. And being told we are is offensive. My assertion (in the show title) is that whatever we don't know, we don't know. We don't get to choose what we're agnostic about. That there is a
Everything David Dark writes/posts is worth your while and THIS particular post is especially relevant (to our podcast). David's work is a cure for the Cancer Christianity has.