“Why continue?”

“Why continue? Because we must. Because we have the call. Because it is nobler to fight for rationality without winning than to give up in the face of continued defeats. Because whatever true progress humanity makes is through the rationality of the occasional individual and because any one individual we may win for the cause may do more for humanity than a hundred thousand who hug their superstitions to their breast.” – Isaac Asimov

Many see fighting for science and reason to be a lost cause – it is too lofty a goal for reason to dominate our culture. Yes, it will take a long time, and we have much to go. However, it was from a backlash of irrationality that the Enlightenment – the Age of Reason – flourished over two hundred years ago. Others say that we can become excessive or extremist in applying reason to our daily lives. They might as well be warning of the ‘excesses’ of logical coherency or the the ‘excesses’ of scientific accuracy.

We are well into the 21st century, and creationists are candidates for the presidency of the planet’s most powerful nation – over 100 years after the Scopes Trial. It seems that society is moving backwards. The factors that are accomodating this regression are the ‘infotainment’ media, fundamentalist religion, moral relativism, pseudoscience, scientific illiteracy, a deteriorating education system, and the fashionable ignorance and junk ideas parading in pop culture. Great stupidity and unreason combined with great power is a terrible mixture even to one’s allies. If the idea of America is to survive, it will be because of those who performed their moral responsibility to preserve the Enlightenment values it was founded upon and defend reason.

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~ by jsacc001 on February 28, 2008.

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