Why I feel good about being agnostic
As far as I can tell, most people "believe" whatever it was their parents believed, because that's what they were taught to believe. Can a belief truly be called a belief if it was dictated to you? Others shift from belief to belief, looking for something that fits their world-view better. How mercurial belief can be: just because you don't like what a belief system implies means that you no longer believe it?
How much better and saner it seems to me to not have a belief system at all. To just believe the evidence of our senses and what reason and logic can tell us about the world. But what then of the "greater meaning"? How are we to make sense of the senselessness? To give meaning to the meaningless?
You see, one thing is, I can live with doubt and uncertainty and not knowing. I think it's much more interesting to live not knowing than to have answers which might be wrong. I have approximate answers and possible beliefs and different degrees of certainty about different things, but I'm not absolutely sure of anything and there are many things I don't know anything about, such as whether it means anything to ask why we're here...
I don't have to know an answer.
I don't feel frightened by not knowing things,
by being lost in a mysterious universe
without any purpose,
which is the way it really is
as far as I can tell.
It doesn't frighten me.
Richard Feynman, 1981