Must we have evidence to know the truth?
If we are talking about legal matters, most certainly. You can’t just convict someone of a crime because you believe they did it. In science too, you need evidence to confirm a theory. Otherwise we’d all be injecting ourselves with bleach. Of course just because there is evidence of something does not necessarily mean that people will believe it. That’s why we still have climate change deniers, anti vaxers and Donald Trump. People of faith may feel that they don’t need evidence of their God’s existence although the Bible is full of stories of folk asking for proof.
How much control does a person have over their life?
I’d say that varies. Babies and children have none, people in many countries who live with war and poverty have very little. I guess that the richer a person is the more control they have over matters like, work, where to live, travel, how many children they have etc. The rest of us, if we are lucky, at least have control over our own choices in life as far as our personal and financial circumstances allow us to.
What is gravity and how does it work?
To me gravity is what keeps us all from flying off the earth like kids falling off a playground roundabout. I cheated a bit here. NASA Science for kids says this.
gravity: an invisible force that pulls objects toward each other. Earth’s gravity is what keeps you on the ground and what makes things fall. … So, the closer objects are to each other, the stronger their gravitational pull is. Earth’s gravity comes from all its mass.https://spaceplace.nasa.gov/what-is-gravity/en/
By Michael Rivera – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, Link
Can a person be happy if they have never experienced sadness? How about vice versa?
I suppose you can measure happiness or sadness by looking at the people around you as well as your own experiences. Perhaps the question is really can you appreciate happiness if you have never been sad? If a person was always sad would the absence of sadness be happiness to them?
As always I’m grateful for the small things in life. Naomi came up to visit last weekend and we went to Wynyard, our nearest town to do some errands. We laughed a lot because it took us so long to find things we thought would be easy to find. We browsed in our favourite secondhand shop which has re-opened and we had some really good burgers for lunch.
Food was a good part of the past week. I was given a breadmaker last week and have enjoyed using it to bake some bread. Naomi made scones in the downstairs kitchen. We were so pleased the retro oven down there works properly. I made ginger biscuits and we treated ourselves to pizza from the local shop on Saturday night. Yes, it had pineapple on it.
Some good philosophical pondering a here. I think you are rich if you have choices.
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