Monday, January 5, 2009

Atheist Quote of the Week 16

Geology shows that fossils are of different ages. Paleontology shows a fossil sequence, the list of species represented changes through time. Taxonomy shows biological relationships among species. Evolution is the explanation that threads it all together. Creationism is the practice of squeezing one's eyes shut and wailing "does not!"

Welcome to 2009! I am now the proud owner of a beautiful, leather-bound, gold-paged copy of On The Origin Of Species. This week's quote has long been one of my favourites, and I thought it would be appropriate to kick off the first Monday of the new year with it.

As in every year, this year I challenge everyone to take charge of their lives, take full responsibility for the consequences (positive and negative) of their actions, and to do what is right, not based on what people claim is "moral", but what each individual knows is right in their minds. And finally, if every day we all made an effort to imagine ourselves fully in another person's situation, we would be more compassionate, more fair, more giving, and more caring individuals living in a world that valued equality over fear, equalization over greed, and reason over superstition. If we embraced our fellow human beings as equals rather than promoting a fear of outsiders and a fear of change, and if we used logic to explain things rather than clinging helplessly to explanations that make people feel special, we would live in a world that was infinitely more tolerant, more honest, more healthy, more educated, and more sustainable.

It's hard to see a problem with that.

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