Need for value

Hey Big Bro,

All these years i have believed that there is no God and there is no immortality. And my ethical system was formed in this framework which made me believe that since there is no moral accountability every persons values become expressions of personal taste or the by-products of his socio-biological evolution and conditioning. One humanist philosopher said ‘The moral principles that govern our behaviour are rooted in habit and custom, feeling and fashion’. In plain words i did what i liked and i was not answerable for my actions to any supreme authority like God.


But last week as i watched a series on TV that dealt with plane crashes i saw something that has questioned my belief system. The report was about an Air Florida flight of a Boeing 737-222 which crashed in to a bridge over the Potomac river in Washington D.C after a failed take-off attempt under a severe snow-storm.The aircraft carried 74 passengers and five crew members. All but five occupants died in the freezing Potomac river. In the midst of this disaster there was something that caught the attention of many. A probable sixth survivor. He was almost fifty years old and seemed the most alert of the half a dozen survivors who were clinging to the wreckage bobbing in the icy Potomac.The police crew dropped life vests and a flotation ball.To everybody’s surprise he passed them on to others.On two occasions, the crew recalled that he handed away a life line from the hovering machine that could have dragged him to safety. The helicopter crew – who rescued five people, the only persons who survived from the jetliner – lifted a woman to the riverbank, then dragged three more persons across the ice to safety. Then the life line saved a woman who was trying to swim away from the sinking wreckage, and the helicopter pilot, Donald W. Usher, returned to the scene, to save our hero, but he was gone.

I was wondering if i could have done what that man did. If all i have is a few years on earth to enjoy and no life thereafter would it not be right on my part to think that i need to be selfish and preserve my life. After all there is no greater value that i see in this act of bravery for there is no God to judge the right and the wrong. I concluded that every person needs to think and decide what is good for himself. But then what if everybody begins to think like that. Wouldn’t the world become deviod of acts of charity and bravery?Who can then say that the acts of a Mother Teresa are better than the acts of an Adolf Hitler? Adolf Hitler did what he thought was best for him and his country. His decisions were right according to him. Why should he worry when there is no God to punish him? The regimes of Stalin and Pol Pot can get away with mass exterminations of their own country men. They decided their own values and crowned themselves the god of their own lives.

These contradicting thoughts had left me more confused than ever before. Then i decided to research more about this man who selflessly decided to save lives. His name was Arland D Williams Jr., a forty six year old bank examiner.The repaired span of the 14th Street Bridge Complex over the Potomac River at the crash site, which had been officially named the “Rochambeau Bridge”, was renamed the “Arland D Williams Jr.Memorial Bridge” in his honor. The Citadel in South Carolina, from which he graduated in 1957, has several memorials to him. In 2003, the new Arland D Williams Jr.Elementary School was dedicated in his hometown of Mattoon in Coles County, Illinois. Then i thought if the world would eventually burn out then all these recognitions here on earth are only temporal and have no eternal value.After everything is gone nobody would remember his great act of bravery. Then why would he waste his precious life for crowns which would last only till this earth survives. I realised that all these good values of bravery, loyalty, integrity are really valuable if these leave lasting impressions which are eternal.

Then i thought that what is the point in being good when there is no absolute standard for such things. After all what i hold to be so good might be foolishness to those who think that there is no moral accountability. No supreme being to reward or punish me according to my deeds. Then why not live my life as i wished. After all if the Hitlers, the Stalins and Pol Pot’s are getting away with such brutal acts then why should i be the only good person here on earth. I agreed with Richard Wurmbrand who said about his atheist torturers that “It was in vain. They are materialists. For them nothing besides matter exists and to them a man is like wood, like an eggshell. With this belief they sink to unthinkable depths of cruelty. The cruelty of atheism is hard to believe. When a man has no faith in the reward of good or the punishment of evil, there is no reason to be human. There is no restraint from the depths of evil that is in man. The Communist torturers often said, “There is no God, no hereafter, no punishment for evil. We can do what we wish.” I heard one torturer say, “I thank God, in whom I don’t believe, and that I have lived to this hour when I can express all the evil in my heart.” He expressed it in unbelievable brutality and torture inflicted on prisoners”.


I am confused. I have been undone. I feel disoriented within my worldview. I feel there is no consistency between my belief and the values that i want to keep.I need someone who can give meaning to it all. I yearn for a belief in God and eternal life which can anchor my values. Without them i see no coherence. Hope to hear from you soon.



3 Responses to “Need for value”

  1. Aby Fem says:

    my God, i thought you were going to chip in with some decisive insght at real end there, not leave it

  2. Oracle says:

    Super post – and great domain by the way:-)

  3. GOD created this earth . You cannot see God because HE is spirit. Read the book of GENESIS in the BIBLE. How can you breath if there’s no air. GOD is powerful He can do anything . There is no impossible to God. You PRAY and ask the LORD GOD of heaven and earth how you will get to know GOD. In the name of our LORD JESUS CHRIST the son of GOD . He was crucified to save you and redeemed you from your sins, because HE LOVES YOU. Read JOHN 3:16 For God so loved the world that He gave His ono and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life”.

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