I was just reading a xanga blog where someone said that evolution is reasonable to believe in but leads to hopelessness. But I think that a naturalistic view only leads to a feeling of hopelessness or nihilism if your psyche is out of whack and you only care about yourself. It’s good to care about yourself (otherwise we’d all die naked of starvation after giving away all of our posessions) but it’s only healthy if it’s balanced out by a strong sense of caring about others, about your children, about future generations and the good of mankind, about giving something back.
This made me think of obama and romney. Now I don’t know what obama’s religious views are, but to me he seems like a philosophical christian who is not really big on the supernatural parts of the religion, but is more about the morality of jesus – which to me is a good thing. I don’t think he’s an atheist but he essentially operates the same way many atheists do, he does a good deed because it’s good not for some reward in heaven etc. At least that’s the impression I get from him. When he was asked in a townhall meeting during the first campaign by a little girl why he wanted to be president his answer was that he worries about what the world his kids will grow up will be like, whether they will have social security or be able to afford college etc.
When Anne Romney was asked why her husband was seeking the office of president she said something to the effect of they’ve got plenty of money so what is there left to do. In other words boredom and self indulgence. Once you can buy anything you can imagine, acquire that which you can’t buy.
That, in my opinion, is the road to hopelessness and nihilism. Not accepting that bacteria can develop a resistance to antibiotics.
Now I’m off to volunteer once more for the obama campaign : )