Stumbled here.




by Martin Willett

Let us take responsibility for our own actions, inactions, strengths and frailties and not project them onto ghosts, spirits, stars, portents and gods unseen.

Let us have the courage to accept that one person's faith is another person's bloody-minded pig-headed refusal to accept the obvious.

Let us have the courage to accept that the person at the front of all crowds, including this one, doesn't know all the answers.

Let us have the wisdom to accept that if our ancestors had fared differently in wars our communities would be holding different absurdities up as sacred truths, and the willingness to accept those absurdities would be seen as the badge of social trustworthiness or even the right to be allowed to draw breath.

Let us accept that the difference between a prophet and a madman is not what they say but whether the crowd accepts the story and tells their children to believe it.

Let us have the courage to accept that wanting to believe in something with every fibre of our being does not and cannot make it true.

Truth needs no help, no believers, no bowed heads and no amens.



Views: 55

Location: the web

Comment by meme on April 15, 2009 at 3:44pm
Short and Sweet

Comment

You need to be a member of Think Atheist to add comments!

Join Think Atheist

Forum

Free Books to UK Schools

Started by JadeBlackOlive in Small Talk. Last reply by David Boots yesterday. 1 Reply

Calling me kiddo?

Started by Belle Rose in Society. Last reply by Pope Beanie on Tuesday. 17 Replies

I am super scared - we're headed for WW3

Started by Belle Rose in Politics. Last reply by Andrew Brown yesterday. 42 Replies

What Do Canadians Think is Important?

Started by JadeBlackOlive in Small Talk. Last reply by JadeBlackOlive 15 hours ago. 39 Replies

Blog Posts

Monoceros - the unicorn

Posted by Brad Snowder on February 18, 2017 at 5:45pm 0 Comments

New wave of terrorism

Posted by Noon Alif on February 16, 2017 at 9:54am 2 Comments

© 2017   Created by umar.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service