I agree with shadow on one note.
It may be considered that true human arrogance lies heavily when one thinks
that he or she has any real firm grasp on what life, the universe or reality is.
We construct a common reality through "science" which also requires
belief, as none of us has personally conducted every experiment available that
construes our modern scientific outlook. This is not to say that science is wrong
either, but merely to point out that we do not know one billionth of what the truth
really is, regardless of our conviction. It may serve a person better to not fall into
the trap of total belief in the words or writings of others, yet mainly to build
one's one set of truths from personal experience.
My case and point?
I often ponder this:
What is a rock?
Even the most brilliant scholar has trouble to answer this.