Wednesday, August 16, 2006

The thoughts I'm currently clinging to

I have a new goal in life: to justify my existence. If only I can figure out how. Somehow I let myself get sidetracked and neglected to do that. Any minute now the space creatures could land, and one of them could ask me for one good reason why he should let me continue to exist, and if that happens, frankly, I'm sunk, because I got nothin'.

Maybe there are two kinds of atheists. One, the kind who are comfortable with their point of view. And two, the kind who go through life in pain because they have no comforting delusions to hold on to.

Sometimes I find quotes that I think are worth remembering. Here are a few.

Whether we are talking about gods, miracles, UFOs, or connections between Saddam and Al Qaeda, there are a great many people who don't even understand the basic concept that some things are true, some things are not true, and as individuals we don't get to pick which is which.
—Jeff Hester, Professor, Department of Physics & Astronomy, Arizona State University,,

Humanity has advanced, when it has advanced, not because it has been sober, responsible, and cautious, but because it has been playful, rebellious, and immature.
—Tom Robbins

It isn't given for us to know those rare moments when people are wide open and the lightest touch can wither or heal. A moment too late and we can never reach them any more in this world. They will not be cured by our most efficacious drugs or slain with our sharpest swords.
—F. Scott Fitzgerald


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