FINAL CAUSE

 

This article was prompted by a fellow writer's, R.S. Craggs,  article, in the January 1996 issue of AUTHORS Magazine, where I wrote under the pseudonym; Simon Sage

 

Craggs expresses his views clearly, his logic is sound; all  BELIEFS are based upon faith, unlike scientifically demonstrated facts. His point is well taken; both religious faith and atheism belong to the dogmatic category of beliefs. Craggs' question,  "Who created the creator?" has been asked by philosophers since Plato to Bertrand Russell - and others - to this day.

       An agnostic person knows no answer and seeks no answer to this question. There are far more important matters for logical thinkers and wisdom to solve. The issues of life, in our totally interdependent and inter-reliant society, are far more important than to philosophize about who is responsible for the creation of the first atomic particle - never mind life.

       This atomic age holds a ‘dual potential;’ the positive potential is that the members of society, can create unprecedented well-being, social harmony, and peaceful coexistence here and now on earth. The negative potential is that we can destroy human culture.

       Craggs' thesis presents a fruitless philosophical obsession of the ‘idealist’, ‘positivist' and ‘rationalist' schools of thought - of bygone days - searching for ‘absolute knowledge’ and ‘absolute truth’. In reality, however, the depth of human knowledge is simply earthly; ‘conditional’. We can only see the tip of the iceberg and cannot see the unfathomable depths of the sea or the infinity of space. But we can see human deprivation, injustices, and sufferings. We, creative thinkers and doers, can also dedicate our writing talents to search for the earthly facts  that have created the `dual potential' and attempt to find solutions for its positive resolution.

       I voted for Craggs' article for its clarity as a thesis. But I could not help to point out the fruitlessness of posing the question of absolute truth, ‘the final cause,’ the unknowable, the transcendental cause of everything. I am critical of all philosophical schools who have been and still are searching for ‘absolute truths’, instead of factual human knowledge. I find contemporary abstract, symbolic, and semantic philosophies, especially fruitless. Craggs has talent to write about pragmatic, empirical, and humane philosophies and apply their principles in the solution of the paradoxes of our culture.