Judge a tree by its fruit.
While I struggle with skepticism, it just occurred to me to notice what philosophy built the best societies and cultures on earth.
And it wasn't "Americans". Or at least not "Americans" without benefit of their underlying philosophy—Christianity.
For a long time, I've questioned the odd notion of "Jesus died for our sins". And frankly, still can't see the logic in it. Bloody human sacrifice and all that.
But it's hard to argue with the results.
Obviously, Christianity has created the most enlightened, civilized, advanced, peaceful cultures in the history of the world.
I'm not pretending there were never wars or killings over religion, or that there weren't witch hunts or a thousand other nasties. Just that in the final analysis, when people follow the precepts of Christianity properly...the world is a pretty good place and led to amazing freedom and happiness and opportunity and advancement and abundance for generations of people.
It was Christians, and their understanding of the New Testament that insisted that "all men are created equal" in the sight of God. And that we had rights just because we are children of God, that no man had a right to take away.
Can you imagine how revolutionary that is??
Now, this is not meant to be a serious, deep analysis...just a record of another little epiphany...
Judge the philosophy by how it flowers.
And if you have to choose, maybe it's better to sign up with one that produced what Christianity produced—which seems to speak to some (to me, mysterious) underlying truth, rather than all the others that have been tried so far.