28th June 2008

“I don't think we're here for anything, we're just products of evolution. You can say 'Gee, your life must be pretty bleak if you don't think there's a purpose' but I'm anticipating a good lunch.”

James Watson

5 Responses to “28th June 2008”

  1. Terence Meaden Says:

    TM: Let’s make it clear to theists that there’s a purpose all right. It is an asset of cerebral liberty gifted to every individual, and not a fictitious ‘purpose’ driven by the phantasmagoric concept and fear of some dreamt-up god. On the one hand we have science and rationality. On the other hand, there is nothing but magic, superstition, faith and belief in heavenly supermen or gods who exist nowhere but in the heads of the deluded. Atheists know this, and rest content that they are on the side of truth.

    Emma Goldman (1869-1940): “The philosophy of Atheism represents a concept of life without any metaphysical Beyond or Divine Regulator. It is the concept of an actual, real world with its liberating, expanding and beautifying possibilities, as against an unreal world, which, with its spirits, oracles, and mean contentment has kept humanity in helpless degradation.”

  2. John Sutton Says:

    The good news is that there is no supernatural dictator to tell me that I am here to fulfill its own self-serving goals. We, as by products of evolving genes, can decide for ourselves.

    For me, as an inquiring atheist, there is far too much purpose, too much to discover and marvel at, too much joy to share. There are people who rely on me for their well being and there are wrongs to put right. There are too many religious idiots to smack against the walls of evidence and reason. No matter when my life ends I will not have had enough time for all I have to do.

  3. Chris Says:

    Well put, both. As a child, I used to be both fascinated and moved by the “what’s it all fors” of my catholicism. Now that I see through it I’m really offended by this patronizing and unreal view of the world. It’s narrow and self important in a way that is stunning when compared to what we actually KNOW about that way things really are. How these myths, ignorances and egocentric world views persist is incredible.

    I guess I understand how it’s difficult for a believer who believes that this was all made for him to give that up. I guess I see how they would feel they lost something. But you also gain something of great value! Control of your own destiny! A mature responsibility to your fellow man, not because you owe some debt over a piece of fruit you never ate but because as a species natural selection has chosen group welfare as a survival strategy. If we need a greater cause, why not our own survival and that of our home? Why not set our sights even higher and do as Sagan suggested, make ourselves a multi-planet species?

  4. Terence Meaden Says:

    Chris, I must congratulate you on overcoming those early years when you were subjected to endless persuasion and conditioning about what turned out to be nothing but tales of a non-existent male god invented by ignorant inhabitants of ancient, desert, patriarchal societies.

    I had an easy time without those pressures. Yet I went through my school years forever asking myself, how can I alone be right to doubt in this situation of mass belief and worship—one in which the other pupils and otherwise-clever teachers are wrong about the concept of what I see as a self-evident illusion? Why are they so prejudiced and uncritical? Why do they kneel or prostrate themselves before something that was never more than an image stuck fast inside their heads?

  5. Leon Morrow Says: