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Steve Zara comment 2-

With great respect to Grayling, I see no puzzle. Many people find it intolerable that they are utterly powerless in the face of an empty and uncaring reality. That would be simply too much to bear. And so, they build the feeling that there is a deity on the foundation of the vague sense that there must be something more. Rationality is not involved, just emotion: when the feeling of 'should be' becomes strong enough it changes into a belief in 'must be'. The incoherence of the idea is no problem, indeed it allows the idea to adapt to fit almost any circumstance.

I think your answer is probably the correct one. Personally I don't think reality is "empty", although it is definitely " uncaring", and there is really no way of getting away from that. However, I can't help wondering if a "empty and uncaring reality" is really all that bad, even if it were true! Is it really so bad that you need to dream up a fiction, and avidly devote your life to that fiction, in a desperate attempt to get away from it? And, if it really is that bad, then how come I don't feel as though it is.

The other point is to wonder what reason anybody could possibly have for expecting reality to be anything other than "uncaring". But I will leave that one for now.

Sun, 13 Mar 2011 14:42:06 UTC | #602279