This recent observation of sor Polyhymnia reminded me of a thing I have oftentimes despaired over. I mean not the rise of atheism or scepticism, but something else that is seen behind this valid observation: that surprisingly often people tend to choose their world view according to what benefit, or sense of security, or empowerment, or whatever it seems to give.
Matrix wrote:MORPHEUS: Do you believe in fate, Neo?
MORPHEUS: Why not?
NEO: Because I don't like the idea that I'm not in control of my life.
I think we all know many such dialogues from fiction as well as from real life with real persons.
The problem? It is not about believing or not believing in destiny, God or occultism or whatever, but how a person argues his view; how he has chosen what to believe in. Too rarely we hear an actual rational argument or explanation why the world should most likely be how the one's world view pictures it, but much more often we instead hear the explanation why it would be nice if the world would be like a person has chosen to believe.
Mixing up these two fills me with horror, and it seems that this kind of thinking (un-thinking) has become more common lately with all kinds of world views to choose from instantly. We should notice that this is the very antithesis of truth-seeking, or philosophy (including the nowadays more popular Gnostic or Luciferian search...) in the words' real meaning: to choose that which seems as the nicest option intuitively, instead of that which seems the most probable after careful thinking from all the different angles.
For a long time I was so naïve that I thought that if clear and all-encompassive arguments could be made for a world view, many if not all reasonable people would accept such a view as truth, or at least as partial truth. Only later I discovered that this is not the case at all. When faced with the argument that seems to point to reality that is unwanted, most people just shrug and drop the discussion.
I also used to wonder why people (both in personal discussion and in interviews) so often ask "Why to choose a Satanic world view?" For some time I thought that they simply didn't understand the theology or philosophy behind the reasoning of a Satanic world view. But then the horrible truth loomed: People did not, in fact, care about the theological or philosophical reasoning, because most people do not choose their world view based on that which seems to be most valid, but on that which seems as most intuitively pleasurable or psychologically profitable to choose. Neo does not believe in fate crap because believing in fate crap would take away his treasured feeling of being in control of his own life. No arguments are able to penetrate such a wall of self-chosen delusion.
Would we need some more spirit of "divine Plato" (search after truth because of its own sake) in our world view building?
Or do you see the question in a different manner?
Is the world so shattered that hope for truth has followed God to death, and we now live the age of "whatever works"?