I Read About "Pascal's Wager" in Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy's Released Documents, Ryan Field Books

 I Read About “Pascal’s Wager” in Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy’s Released Documents

The moment the scared JBK documents were revealed to the public after all those years I had to read them. They are a series of questions and answers between newly widowed JBK and Arthur Schlesinger that were not released to the public until fairly recently.  I didn’t listen to the tapes. I thought I could gain more by reading the actual transcripts, so I bought the e-book. They were fascinating, from a historic POV and on a few other levels I didn’t expect. One of which was that I have always been a big believer in “Pascal’s Wager” and I didn’t know that JFK was. At least that seems to be the implication here. This is from the actual conversation dating back to March 4, 1964. 

Would you say he was a religious man?

Oh, yes. Well, I mean, he never missed church one Sunday that we were married or all that—but you could see partly—I often used to think whether it was superstition or not—I mean he wasn’t quite sure, but if it was that way, he wanted to have that on his side.

Pascal’s wager.

Now, for those of you who are not familiar with Pascal’s Wager, it’s really a very simple concept that I have always believed in. I remember reading about it in college.  This is from Wikipedia. 

Pascal’s wager is a philosophical argument…

Pascal argues that a rational person should live as though God exists and seek to believe in God. If God does not exist, such a person will have only a finite loss (some pleasures, luxury, etc.), whereas if God does exist, he stands to receive infinite gains (as represented by eternity in Heaven) and avoid infinite losses (an eternity in Hell).

In other words, so far since no one has been able to prove that God does or does not exist, it’s smarter to simply assume that he does exist.

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