Monday, June 15, 2009

Atheist Quotes of the Week 38 and 39

Okay, I know, F for "you suck at updating your blog, for sure's on dat, eh". Here's another double atheist quote post to get me caught up, and I promise I have a really good rant in the works to post later in the week. I'm back in Canada now, so I'll be working on the sweater project and organizing some Nintendo washcloth designs in the next few weeks.

The greatest tragedy in mankind's entire history may be the hijacking of morality by religion.
~Arthur C. Clarke

The rash assertion that 'God made man in His own image' is ticking like a time bomb at the foundation of many faiths, and as the hierarchy of the universe is disclosed to us, we may have to recognize this chilling truth: if there are any gods whose chief concern is man, they cannot be very important gods.
~Arthur C. Clarke

Truly a brilliant man who could see beyond the past and the present to put the consequences of both into sharp focus by writing about the future. I particularly like the second quote, since it reminds us that we are completely insignificant on the spatial and temporal scales of the universe. It must be nice to think that some god is out there, totally concerned by human beings, but the fact is that even if there was a god that created the universe, people are not even a blip on the universe's radar. So reality is that we live in a universe that has no guiding force to care about us at all, and even if it did, it still wouldn't care about us at all. It's a cold dose of reality, but somehow it makes me appreciate the fact that I'm alive at all, considering how many cosmological phenomena could have wiped out life on Earth at any time (and still can), but we've been able to evolve for a few billion years. That's pretty impressive.

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