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To Mario, On One Unpleasant Issue

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Posted by Aurino Souza on July 9, 2002 13:37:46 UTC

Mario,

As I said, I don't consider you a hard, close-minded evolutionist. You do seem to be aware of the limitations and the problems of the theory, and you are right in that, lacking something better, it's the best we have to go by.

Two quite amazing things seem to happen to most people as they grow older. First, we accumulate wealth and become better off than the average person. Second, we accumulate information and understand things better than the average person does. In both cases it isn't a matter of talent or intelligence, just a natural consequence of living.

Don't take this as condescendence, it's not meant to be. But I do think that 'science', 'religion', 'philosophy', are simply the lowest common denominator in human knowledge - commonplace knowledge which any person, at any age, can understand if they really want to. The understanding that comes with time, that must wait, it can't be communicated for if it could it would be commonplace knowledge as well.

I'm sure the above will irritate you. I wish I could say what I want to say without offending your intellect, or anyone else's for that matter. But rest assured that, just as I hold my own intelligence in high regard, so I do everyone else's. It's just that I think we need to communicate better so that more of our old-age wisdom becomes commonplace knowledge.

Gotta do some work now.

Regards,

Aurino

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