Saturday, October 20, 2012

"Some theists, who are determined for atheism to mean more than a lack of belief, note how fervent some atheists are in discussion and point out that fervency doesn't just come from a lack of belief. No, it doesn't. A great deal of fervency is a response to the hostility directed at us simply for not believing in gods. To being condemned, criticized, marginalized, and dehumanized by people who are unwilling to allow us to live our lives, who impugn our morality, who tell us we don't belong in the country in which we were born, who distort our education, attempt to monopolize government, and ostracize us for not participating in their rituals. Treat any group of people with such profound disrespect, and it would be surprising not to see fervency from some of them."

- QualiaSoup

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

"Before I was diagnosed with esophageal cancer a year and half ago, I rather jauntily told the readers of my memoirs that when faced with extinction, I wanted to be fully conscious and awake, in order to 'do' death in the active and not the passive sense. And I do, still, try to nurture that little flame of curiosity and defiance: willing to play out the string to the end and wishing to be spared nothing that properly belongs to the life span. However, one thing that grave illness does is to make you examine familiar principles and seemingly reliable sayings. And there's one that I find I am not saying with quite the same conviction as I once used to: In particular, I have slightly stopped issuing the announcement that 'whatever doesn't kill me makes me stronger.'"

- Christopher Hitchens, Mortality

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

"Contradictions do not exist. When you think you are facing a contradiction, check your premises. You will find that one of them is wrong."

- Ayn Rand

Monday, October 15, 2012

Be quiet.

Be quiet for a moment.

Be quiet for a moment and just breathe.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Truth, by definition, does not require faith.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

I am glad to live in a country in which we have the intellectual freedom to regard presidential debates with the same level of seriousness as a high school rhetoric competition.

It is good that we are more concerned with who "won" than we are with the actual policies being discussed.

I am proud to have been cast as an American.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Watch this while you prepare dinner tonight.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Evil is not the opposite of good.

The opposite of good is simply bad.

Evil is a construct that we have developed to dehumanize those with whom we disagree.

In reality, there is no such thing as evil.

There is only delusion and mental disorder.