Skeptical: inclined to question the validity of something purported to be factual.
Mystic: someone who believes in the existence of realities beyond human comprehension.
I am among those who are a mystic at heart, and skeptical about many things that western culture presumes to be true. I am skeptical about some of the following:
◾Statistical correlations establish truth.
◾Human beings are steadily improving and will someday become their own saviors.
◾Science is the only path to discovering truth.
◾Politics are the only way to change the world.
◾Changing the world is more important than changing ourselves.
◾Money is the best way to measure cost and value.
◾Churches in America are on the right track.
◾America is God’s chosen nation.
◾Facts are unbiased and proofs are worth pursuing.
◾Technological triumphalism will make this world a better place.
The list goes on….
Some of these things are obvious fabrications of our culture, or a particular subculture, but others on the list may be partially true. Regardless, I have found it easy to be skeptical about most of it. I am fairly comfortable with unresolved mystery, and do not pine away for closure at the expense of compromising the truth or oversimplifying reality.