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A Question of Seeing
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Evolution vs. Creation: Most of you know where I stand on this. There is no middle for me. There is no gray area. You can't straddle the line. This issue is life or death for me. This is whether black people are human or another species of ape. This is whether the Aryan race by similar evidence can be shown to stand a little higher on the evolutionary scale than animals. This is whether man's status can be voted the same as that of a baboon--or a step below angels--like Pluto was voted to be a lackluster frozen rock.

For I am a rhetorician, and I'm concerned only with human concepts, not science. It doesn't matter what what the world is, but only what you see in it. Do we choose to see the world without luster? Is the only true measure of philosophy the cranial capacity of the thinker? Wonder can't be measured or analyzed; does it still exist? In the past we have only allowed what we see to be "true" beliefs. I believe that our beliefs force what we see. Our observations are not science, because your expectations of the world create your perception of it. Everything comes down to human perception. My biggest problem with Darwinism is not that I simply refuse to believe I am an animal, but that I refuse to believe you are. This debate is not about what is or is not. It's about what we allow ourselves to see.

If you believe there is no God, who will never observe him. If you believe there is no magic in the world, you will never do miracles. This is not a question of objective science. In fact, I don't believe there is such a thing. This is a question of extremes of passion, the one determined to see something even if it isn't empirically there, the other determined not to see even if there might be something. It is a question of whether you will find something or come away empty-haned. It is a question of whether you will allow another person to walk away with something when your hands are empty. Or when you insist their hands are empty too, even though they see something there.

Being or not being is not the question; it is to see or not to see. Do we allow ourselves to see man only as the spawn of the mud, or could there be in him a spark of something we can't collect or measure? Is there a light in the darkness, or does the light in my eye simply never go out? Which, in the end, is more real?

Originally published at Phronemophobia.


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