Here’s something immensely fascinating and amusing — each one of us somehow thinks we’ve won a kind of “worldview jackpot”:
Of all the perspectives, opinions, beliefs, judgements, viewpoints, and positions in the world (in a word: “worldviews”) — somehow each of us thinks we’ve landed up with the most accurate one.
The only thing all religious viewpoints have in common: they’re right!
Of all the diversity of the religious viewpoints on the earth: ranging from polytheism, monotheism, deism, pantheism, atheism and all variants in-between, including all separate dimensions like Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Hiduism, Buddism, and their variants, they all share one thing in common:
Each one thinks they’re right. Each one thinks that their model of spirituality and the universe is the most accurate one around.
Of course that’s the case right!? Don’t be silly! What religion starts a belief system wherein they think they’re wrong??
But isn’t this even the slightest bit conspicuous? Not even the slightest bit strange?
Why we think we’re right
I’m going to present a short argument that explains why at any given point in time we think we’re right. (By the way, this statement includes “meta-beliefs”, for example, being right about being right, being right about being wrong, etc.).
Let’s say that you hold a belief X.
But for some reason you discover X is not exactly accurate.
You will simply proceed to modify X until it becomes compatible with the new information you’ve accepted and the rest of your worldview, even if that modifies A, B and C along the way. Eventually the dust settles and you’re left with a new, “more complete” (at least in your view) worldview.
Hence at any given point, if we pause you and extract your worldview into a set of X’s (a set of beliefs), we will discover that you think each one is right, because if it were wrong, you would have already modified it until it became right.
Hence at any given point in time, we think our worldview is the most accurate one around!
How lucky but how improbable!
Recently I’ve turned around and thought about it for a while; of all the billions of people who’ve lived on this earth, what is the probability that I won the worldview jackpot and that I am right at this point in time?
… So infinitesimally small.