Thursday, December 15, 2011

Elementary Truths

An elementary truth, by definition, cannot be proven to be true. This is because such axioms, being axiomatic, are assertions of reasonable fact which for many reasons seem incontrovertibly true and yet do not depend on prior reasoning — if they did, they wouldn't be axioms.

This is where faith comes in. How do you know if God exists, if reason is rational, or if the logics manufactured by our minds have any basis? Clearly, belief in something doesn't make it true. But hey, that's all we have, scientist and philosopher, king and pauper, farmer and athlete, all alike.

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