For much of human history most people have had firm - if mistaken - beliefs about the nature of the world and the right course of action.  But now a steep decline in religious belief allied to doubt about the very possibility of objective truth has left many in the West lost and without a framework of belief.  

Should we welcome and endorse the absence of certainty, and an agreed and jointly held set of beliefs?  Should we see it as the acceptance of something that has always been the case but which through human hubris has often remained hidden? Or is it essential that we escape from being lost - even if it means adopting illusory certainties - in order to provide social identity, and personal wellbeing and purpose?  

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