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His Thoughts & Beliefs
In episode three of "Sex, Death and the Meaning of Life", Dawkins expresses his deep passion and zest for life. He explains that as humans we are to experience, live, love and search for deeper understanding. Throughout this particular episode, Dawkins seems to articulate his devotion to the scientific method; what he calls the greatest discovery of mankind. Various scenes of Dawkins walking around a wooded area, pointing to plants, animals and stars showcase his deep appreciate for nature and its infinite wisdom. As the episode continues, Dawkins begins interviewing Ricky Gervais, a famous English comedian who is also an atheist. The two become so wrapped up in the conversation, so overwhelmed by the emotion of the discourse that Gervais seems to well up with tears.
As the camera pans out and the episode concludes, Dawkins says:
"Just look how far we have come in my lifetime... we constantly push the frontiers of possibility, imagine what is still to come.... We are made by the laws of physics, working through 4 billion years of evolution. We have a brief sliver of life and the opportunity to understand how we came to be in it. The truth may not always be comforting in the face of suffering, but it has a majesty of its own. That's what I tell people when they ask me why I bother to get up in the morning."
Our team has written about our opinions as well as the Catholic Church's stance on Evolution and suffering; two CR posts that I encourage you to read. I agree that the earth is a glorious place and that our lives are "sacred" as Ricky Gervais says in episode three. I also agree that the scientific method is one of the most important and one of the greatest discoveries by mankind. Furthermore, I also agree that a big part of our purpose in life, as humans, is to challenge the status quo, discover and understand how we came to be. Alas I am compelled to wonder about the likelihood that all of this 'majesty' happened by mere chance.
Would Dawkins not agree that in order for us to figure something out - it must already be understood... maybe not by us, but by the very being that created the principles to which that 'something' was created. Therefore, if we are made by the laws of physics, worked through 4 billion years of evolution (which I agree with), who (or what) created the fundamental principles of physics? What about other scientific principles?
We humans are tasked with the burden of learning and understanding how things work - but they seem to work regardless of our understanding of them!