…e believe or disbelieve anything, least of all my personal beliefs. I spend a lot of time on Medium pushing back against people who seem to think everyone needs to embrace their beliefs, though, and even really charming atheists like Joe Varadi tend to go in that direction. Everybody bristles when Christians or Muslims proclaim they have the one true faith and everybody …
Jack Preston King
Thanks Jack, you had me at charming atheist ;-) But I do need to counter the suggestion that I force my views on others. I think I spend most of my time on this site (when not writing satire or poetry) explaining my own positions, and occasionally taking issue with points / arguments made by others — but I certainly don’t evangelize … haven’t done that since my days as a technology evangelist during the dot-com bubble, and I’m still smarting from that :-)
I think most people would label themselves an agnostic something-or-other if they were being intellectually honest (and reasonably humble)
I will strongly push back against the idea to label myself, or you, or most intelligent self-aware folk as agnostic, I think that term is tainted & toxic. Especially in today’s world of fake news and romanticized ignorance, it is dangerous to embrace a position of “not knowing”. I will run with my newly coined label of prognostic, discovering the meaning of life through the pursuit of knowledge, believing that everything worth knowing is discoverable.
Will also reiterate the Dennett quote from my original article:
The only meaning of life worth caring about is one that can withstand our best efforts to examine it