Doubt

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.


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