We certainly should be free to believe as we wish. That is the beauty of free will, is it not?
But are we prepared to accept the consequences if what we believe is inconsistent with truth?
Yes - that's the sticky part - but I think that in life in general, people should be prepared to take responsibility for and be prepared to accept the consequences for any action or lack of action they might take. Unfortunately, humans (in general) seem to have evolved into a species that wreaks havoc and then doesn't want to answer to anyone for it (or even admit it to ourselves).
People (including me) want to view the truth as subjective- different for each individual- and maybe it is, but there's always the chance that it's not.
I get what you mean JL - there is no evil (intent) present in nature- except in humans. Interesting, huh? Why do you think that is - if we're just another aspect of nature - albeit at the head of the food chain? Why did we, apart from all other aspects of creation, (especially if one believes human beings are just a different configuration of the same atoms, miraculously thrown together without thought or even a recipe
) evolve in such a drastically different and destructive direction?
(Because I do think the world of nature that was handed to us was inherently good because the laws of nature seem to me to be full of benevolent intent. But I allow that might just be my own optimistic nature and belief in a creator speaking).