Only 14 words
A believable foundation
[Through the DOOR, please.]
Axiom #1: I exist.
Axiom #2: I can perceive.
Axiom #3: I can feel.
Axiom #4: I can think.
Axiom #5: I can choose.
[That’s a Post-It for your refrigerator door!]
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#1 My mind tells me that I’m real, also that I’m sitting here at some point in my fixed lifespan on Earth.
#2 My mind tells me that I’m seeing 5 axioms on a real computer screen in front of me, hearing the chimes on my clock at 8 PM .
#3 My mind tells me that I’m excited to be writing these words, worried that they may be misunderstood, fearful that I may be wrong and wasting my time, but hopeful that I’m not.
#4 My mind tells me how the 4 feelings above mingle with themselves and other feelings; how I ponder and go about digging for things to say in my posts; and how I try to balance my time on this website with other responsibilities and whims in my life. Many realities, dreams, and expectations get tangled up whatever I do.
#5 My mind tells me I can choose to do this, not that; choose to go this way and not that; choose to think this way and not that.
In short my mind, or human consciousness, tells me that it is the “I” or “me” that I use when I speak aloud or in print; or if not the actual “I” or “me,” it is the informer of that pronoun that unveils the tip of the iceberg of what I perceive, feel, think, and choose to share about myself using my pen, keyboard, gesture, or mouth.
For me, science has been a big part of my life. I have studied it, done graduate work in it, taught it, written general textbooks and newspaper columns about it, edited articles about it for science education journals.
A big part, but not an exclusive part.
I–slipping to the side my “we” mask–have said or implied several times that science falls short of answering, or being able to answer, the really big questions many minds are interested in–esp. dealing with origin, meaning (value), morality, and destiny.*
What then can give us answers to these?
I’ll close here with a portion of the C. S. Lewis quote that we used before. While addressing the limits of science, Lewis declares:
“But why anything [exists] at all, and whether there is anything behind the things science observes–something of a different kind–this is not a scientific question. If there is “Something Behind,” then either it will have to remain altogether unknown to men or else make itself known in some different way.” ** [italics mine]
We–slipping my “we” mask back on–will attempt to identify some of that “different way” that we‘re convinced has appeared and is available for others to see.
* This list of 4 is extensively developed in many college lectures by theologian/philosopher/Christian apologist Ravi Zacharias.
** C. S. Lewis, Mere Christianity (Macmillan, 1952 p.32).