Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Proof is not enough

For those who believe, no proof is necessary. For those who don't believe, no proof is possible.
- Stuart Chase

This observation applies to every important question in life. Those who do not believe in something will deny the validity of any proof presented, believing that there must be something wrong with it.

Do you see the paradox? The same people who will not believe in something that may be proven instead believe in something for which there is no evidence.

Such is human nature. People believe in "nothing," they just differ in which "nothing" they believe in. Meantime few search for evidence and those who find it may not find a welcome audience.

Is that true of 'Turning It Around'? Are people more comfortable believing that social problems such as drug addictions and drug-related crimes, homelessness, illiteracy, violence, bullying, rage and so on are insolvable?

You believe that these problems can be solved. Your friends will believe you if you tell them. And other friends will believe your friends. They may not believe me because they have no reason to believe me.

Spread the word. There is no need for us to suffer when the problems can be prevented and people can be much less emotionally stressed in the process.

Bill Allin
'Turning It Around: Causes and Cures For Today's Epidemic Social Problems,' striving to teach prevention so that cures are not needed.
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