Humanist Thought of the Week: 4 13 2010
Doubt is a virtue
Most people think that doubt is something bad.
It is, after all, the act of actively not knowing.
But for Humanists, we view doubt as a sort of virtue.
Only sort of because doubt taken to an extreme can be immobilizing.
But doubt, when used correctly, can keep you out of a whole lot of trouble.
Take the Christian militia that was recently arrested up in Michigan.
Think how differently things might have turned out if they had thought – “hey – perhaps killing a cop isn’t such a great idea,” when the idea was first floated.
A certain amount of doubt is healthy.
Doubt will also help keep you humble.
So double plus good.