Hope:  a strong and confident expectation


I regard the brain as a computer which will stop working when its components fail. There is no heaven or afterlife for broken down computers; that is a fairy story for people afraid of the dark.- Stephen Hawking

The life of man is a long march through the night, surrounded by invisible foes, tortured by weariness and pain, towards a goal that few can hope to reach, and where none may tarry long.- Bertrand Russell

That Man is the product of causes that had no prevision of the end they were achieving; that his origin, his growth, his hopes and fears, his loves and his beliefs, are but the outcome of accidental collocations of atoms; that no fire, no heroism, no intensity of thought and feeling, can preserve individual life beyond the grave; that all the labors of the ages, all the devotion, all the inspiration, all the noonday brightness of human genius, are destined to extinction in the vast death of the solar system, and that the whole temple of Man’s achievement must inevitably be buried beneath the debris of a universe in ruins — all these things, if not quite beyond dispute, are yet so nearly certain that no philosophy which rejects them can hope to stand. Only within the scaffolding of these truths, only on the firm foundation of unyielding despair, can the soul’s habitation henceforth be safely built.-Bertrand Russell

The universe we observe has precisely the properties we should expect if there is, at bottom, no design, no purpose, no evil and no good, nothing but blind pitiless indifference.- Richard Dawkins

Religion teaches the dangerous nonsense that death is not the end.- Richard Dawkins

At its most elemental level the human organism, like crawling life, has a mouth, digestive tract, and anus, a skin to keep it intact, and appendages with which to acquire food. Existence, for all organismic life, is a constant struggle to feed — a struggle to incorporate whatever other organisms they can fit into their mouths and press down their gullets without choking. Seen in these stark terms, life on this planet is a gory spectacle, a science-fiction nightmare in which digestive tracts fitted with teeth at one end are tearing away at whatever flesh they can reach, and at the other end are piling up the fuming waste excrement as they move along in search of more flesh.- Ernest Becker

I suppose that one reason I have always detested religion is its sly tendency to insinuate the idea that the universe is designed with ‘you’ in mind or, even worse, that there is a divine plan into which one fits whether one knows it or not. This kind of modesty is too arrogant for me.- Christopher Hitchens


The only position that leaves me with no cognitive dissonance is atheism. It is not a creed. Death is certain, replacing both the siren-song of Paradise and the dread of Hell. Life on this earth, with all its mystery and beauty and pain, is then to be lived far more intensely: we stumble and get up, we are sad, confident, insecure, feel loneliness and joy and love. There is nothing more; but I want nothing more.-Christopher Hitchens

For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. –Paul the Apostle (1 Corinthians 1:18)

Despair: Utter loss of hope


One comment

  1. India Pearl · February 13, 2012

    If I ever met Richard Dawkins I think I would probably punch him in the face. Not that it would do anything but make me feel good, but he’s one of those insulting atheists that just make me want to scream.

    I remember I had a biology teacher in high school who had us read a Richard Dawkins book and the very first chapter was blatantly saying that Christians were a bunch of idiots for believing anything they believed, and aliens would think we were idiots too if they came to our planet. I almost reported my teacher for making us read the book, as it was clearly anti-religious and had almost no value to the biology class we were taking, save for what it had to say about evolution which we could’ve learned from complete alternate sources.

    That same teacher said to me after a particularly argumentative class, “Why does someone as smart as you believe in all that stuff?” as if to say believing in God made me plain stupid. I said to him, “I’d rather spend the rest of my life believing in something that might possibly not be there, then to die and find out that there is.” and it’s people like him that make my hope and heart for God grow bigger.

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