The Quest for Truth and the Meaning of Life

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All too often, the quest for truth which admittedly can only yield a qualified success in the best case scenario is tainted with laxity and fancifulness, and hence is doomed to a pitiable result, not to say failure.

Strangely enough, Blaise Pascal, a famous mathematician and philosopher, is also the eccentric author of a wager according to which the belief in God (or more precisely in heaven as a divine reward for virtue) is defensible to the extent that it is desirable, even though it cannot be proven. Actually, it is supposedly defensible because not only cannot it be proven, it also cannot be disproven. So desirableness is considered a valid foundation for belief, absent provableness and disprovableness! The door is open to every wild fancy, as long as we lack the empirical means of discrediting it.

Who have you invited to dinner, dear?
Some fabulous folks, my love.
Great! And who exactly are these folks?
I dont know, but theyre fabulous.
Hum! How can you say theyre fabulous if you dont know them?
Our neighbor across the road told me so.
Forgive me for asking, dear, but isn’t that neighbor somewhat loopy? The...

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