Quote of the day:
There is only one day left, always starting over: It is given to us at dawn and taken away from us at dusk. Jean-Paul Sartre
One of the gifts I received (well, it was on my wish-list) was The God Delusion. My oh my, am I enjoying it! Me, oh my! Am deep into the book, and devouring and savoring every word. There are so many pieces I want to quote for the world to see. But let me just quote two that mean a lot to me from the Preface:
… raise consciousness to the fact that to be an atheist is a realistic aspiration, and a brave and a splendid one. You can be an atheist who is happy, balanced, moral, and intellectually fulfilled.
My fourth consciousness-raiser is atheist pride. Being an atheist is nothing to be apologetic about. On the contrary, it is something to be proud of, standing tall to face the far horizon, for atheism nearly always indicates a healthy independence of mind and, indeed, a healthy mind. There are many people who know, in their heart of hearts, that they are atheists, but dare not admit it to their families or even to themselves. Partly this is because the very word ‘atheist’ has been assiduously built up as a terrible and frightening label.
It reminds me when I dared to come out publicly – that was quite stormy, but also a lot of fun. Not only am I relishing Dawkins‘ timely and much needed book, I am also deeply grateful to him for writing it.
And that’s about all I can muster for now. There’s a cat who is waiting for her tuna.