Seeing Is Believing

Our friend Hugh is a much deeper thinker than most of us. Well, he taught Philosophy in college, so he should be, yes? Last year, Hugh published a book, a compilation of some of his best posts, and this one was included in it. I, of course, own a copy of the book, and it is a treasured volume, for my copy is autographed by Hugh himself! This post is thought provoking on at least two different levels and addresses ‘faith’ and ‘freedom’. Hugh’s posts most always make me stop and think, and this one is no exception. Thank you, dear Hugh! By the way, I notice your book has almost sold out on Amazon! Congrats!


Years ago I wrote an earlier version of this post and it fell on deaf ears. While I admittedly have written a number of rather weak posts,  I thought this one of my better ones. In fact, I included the earlier version in my book, Alone In The Labyrinth. In any event, I found it especially relevant in these trying times when we seem lost and face an uncertain future with a purblind leader on a planet that is under attack by greed and self-interest.  

In one of the most dramatic portions of that most dramatic novel, The Brothers Karamazov, the two brothers Ivan and Alyosha meet to discuss the “dossier” that Ivan has put together to prove that God does not exist. It is a collection of brutal stories of human cruelty, capped off by the gruesome story of a landowner who turns his dogs loose on a…

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4 thoughts on “Seeing Is Believing

  1. I guess this conjures up the real image of belief… We will only believe something when it serves our purposes. When it doesn’t, we no longer believe. Can be a self-fulfilling prophesy when we don’t want to believe something in the first place.

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    • People do tend to believe what they want to believe, that which suits their purposes. And one thing I’ve noticed is that if people really want/need to believe something, but it doesn’t quite suit them as it stands, then they mold it a bit so that it is what they want. This is how you end up, I think, with so many different varieties of “Christianity” that have slightly different specifics. Which is what turns most people who are thinkers off of religion altogether.

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  2. I read The Bothers Karamazov at 14 years of age because my elder sister had just completed it at 16. She always had a stack of books on her nightstand and did not mind lending them after she finished, but not before. Don Quixote was introduced at a much younger age. The same sister had pulled the book off my Father’s bookshelf in his study, but could not pronounce the words as she tried to read it to me. Upon discovering us in the study, my Father began reading the book to us and continued over many nights. He gave so much life to the words and I have loved Don Quixote ever since. Both books have been read and enjoyed again in my older years. After reading this re-blog from Hugh Curtler, I went to my usual Barnes&Noble to order a copy of Alone In The Labyrinth, it is out of stock. I will have to wait until it becomes available and am able to purchase. Thank-you!


    • I was the same … I developed a love of great books at an early age, and Don Quixote was an early favourite. You will enjoy Hugh’s book … he is always thought-provoking. Amazon had only 3 copies left, so his book must be selling well! He will be happy to hear that you are planning to get it!


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