Richard Dawkins in Salon

Wonderful interview
with rationalist and atheist author Dawkins. Well worth the wait through ad for a Salon day pass.
Here’s a sample, an answer the the question, "How would we be better off without religion?":

"We’d all be freed
to concentrate on the only life we are ever going to have. We’d be free
to exult in the privilege — the remarkable good fortune — that each
one of us enjoys through having been being born. An astronomically
overwhelming majority of the people who could be born never will be.
You are one of the tiny minority whose number came up. Be thankful that
you have a life, and forsake your vain and presumptuous desire for a
second one. The world would be a better place if we all had this
positive attitude to life. It would also be a better place if morality
was all about doing good to others and refraining from hurting them,
rather than religion’s morbid obsession with private sin and the evils
of sexual enjoyment."

Link: News | The atheist.


One thought on “Richard Dawkins in Salon

  1. Great quotes there. However, he seems to focus on a small subset of Christians when he refers to religion. I think that religion is an important part of people’s lives even atheitsts. I don’t think that god, or God or GOD is necessary for a religion, but I think we all need to sort/dismiss these things at one time or another. I think that this is a good thing. I don’t think we all need to have the same religion, in fact, in nature, such homogeity is bad for species survival. I am wierded out by the idea that god cares about real estate or he needs help from humans to coerce others. That’s just dumb.

    I have been working on a religion construction set type of project for the past half a year. I find this to be a decent placebo against depression which has been a lifelong problem, and I planned on open sourcing it, but then I realized that the whole idea of talking about one’s religion is so unbelievably vain as to be contemptable so I am going to let everyone work things out for themselves, which I realize would be much better anyway.

    I think that the best religious thinking is behind us to that the best way to get religion is to read widely. Don’t stick to one book of all things. Or read one book. Read Dhalgren or something, I condsidered this book and The Stranger to be like bibles for a long time reading them over and over again. There are other good books, too. But god in not in a book, he is everywhere so just look for him.

    Overall, I think that polytheism is the way to go. Screw this one religion bullshit. Take the best of christianity, buddhism, islam, hinduism, atheism, et all. May the pink elephant be with you.

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