Urbin Report

Friday, October 03, 2003

Why our civilization works

Doubt, truth, simplicity. The foundations of modern civilization. The destroyer of faith. In fact that is one of the main reasons that the church and the kings had so much trouble with science. It worked and it brought doubt. In America we have done tolerably well with a government based on doubt. Corrections are made in due course by the will of the people which in the long run has proved more than adequate. What we have not done so well on (though not too bad given the various incompatibilities) is a faith based on doubt. Modern Protestantism is a good try at it. The many schisms are a sign that doubt is alive and well. The problem is though, that each of these sects has no doubt that it has the one true faith. It has taken us quite a while to get this far. We will go farther. Why? Because it pays.