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Thinking Is Authorized!
The title of the book is meant to convey the idea that, irrespective of our partiality toward religion or science, we do not necessarily need to have someone else interpreting for us the mighty unknowns of life and the universe. We have the capacity and faculties to contemplate them ourselves. But we have to actually exercise that ability to reflect. So, the title reminds us that it is authorized to think.
This is intended to be a thought-provoking book that does not favor one religion over another or a non-believer over a believer. It is not about good versus evil, or foolish versus wise. Rather, it is a philosophical and concept-oriented work that contains a variety of perspectives that may not have been considered before or may have been taken for granted. It is meant to promote self-determination of what we believe regarding nature, life, God, the future, death, prayer, and the afterlife, since the popularity of a belief does not unquestionably convert that belief into truth. While not necessarily trying to do the thinking for others, this book attempts to raise awareness and jumpstart our understanding of these concepts from an objective viewpoint. In that sense, the book is intended to stretch our imagination and enlighten us in the process, irrespective of our religious views—with the aim of promoting a non-judgmental live-and-let-live attitude.
For the sake of enlightenment, we need to acknowledge and be willing to step outside the realms of religion and science. The underlying premise of the book is that there is more to life than religion and science are capable of explaining.
I maintain that, with respect to such concepts as nature, life, God, the future, death, prayer, and the afterlife, we are basically all on an equal footing. To quote Albert Einstein, “The difference between what the most and the least learned people know is inexpressibly trivial in relation to that which is unknown.” Truth can only be sought after, not owned. None of us, whether religious or not, is more qualified than the other to claim exclusive possession of truth. As such, we can self-determine what we believe (or not) based on what makes the most sense to us when analyzed independently. In order to make that evaluation, however, we have to consciously ponder these notions with an open mind. That entails willingness to recognize and step outside the boxes of religion and science.