Pascal's Wager

Pascal's Wager

A Poem by Montag
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Pascal reasoned that since God may exist, we should believe in Him since that belief, if correct, will gain us entry to Heaven, and will otherwise not harm us. He advises making a 'smart bet'.

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Pascal’s Wager

 

 

The hypothesis that God is real

has a sane, mechanical appeal

like the turning of a Ferris wheel

To withhold belief erroneously

would be to think feloniously

against the possibility

of afterlife tranquility

                              

Thus do we vanquish life’s tragic flaw

secure and safe, like good bourgeois

supposing beliefs can be manufactured

to allow us in a fractured way

to tiptoe into Heaven

tail end of a thought procession

as if it falls to our discretion

to take a thing that can only be given

© 2021 Montag


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Added on June 10, 2021
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Oakland, CA



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