Thinking is a terrible thing. If done correctly it ought to frighten you and shake you from your comfortable foundations, because it should reveal things, raise questions and challenge your ideas about yourself, your beliefs and the world.
In most situations, Americans go out of their way to avoid not only seeing reality, but try especially hard to evade any semblance of truth when it comes to themselves and their beliefs because it may require readjustment, realignment or worse, retreat. Avoiding or denying the truth does not make it go away nor does it make it any less true or any softer. Make no mistake, truth is unbreakable, solid. Molecularly speaking water and ice are much the same except that ice makes a much harder reality, but hitting either from 1,000 feet once again reveals there is little difference. It is the same with the truth. Truth cannot be legislated nor can it be destroyed. It simply is.
Nevertheless, the truth must always undergo interrogation because what passes as fact is little more than the proverbial tip of the iceberg, which may or may not hide its heft beneath the surface. In the world of icebergs, shapes may vary widely from the traditional mountain of ice to what is termed a tabular berg, “table” or “tablet-like,” which is flat. Viewing a tabular iceberg gives no hint as to its depth if it has any at all. Unless a glaciologist, there is no one way for an average individual to know without specialized equipment and knowledge, but it does not matter as the iceberg acts only as a parallel.
Seasons once attributed to the gods now are fully understood as products of the earth’s movement relative to the sun, but when early humankind believed the season came about at the whim of the “gods” they were not wrong. It was the truth as they or anyone else knew it at that time. However, as time passed and knowledge grew humanity discovered the basis for seasons and discarded all supernatural beliefs regarding the weather to caves they emanated from.
It was not a matter of the truth changing because that is impossible, rather it is a case of it being discovered as progress brought knowledge, technology and understanding of different phenomenon. Just as earthquakes, tornados and hurricanes were once believed to come from ill-tempered gods any such ideas today are thought of as quaint idiosyncrasies, misguided religious belief or outright ignorance.
In 2015, the number of unchurched individuals in the United States reached nearly 125 million adults or almost half of the population. Does this mean that all of them are atheists? Hardly, but it does mean that more and more Americans are finding that “church” offers them little in the world of technology and science that provides answers in no ambiguous terms.