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Cold Warrior

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Current location: London, UK
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Hitchslap - Arrogance of the faithful

Religion which has consistently been wrong on everything from the cause of disease to the structure of the solar system and the universe still has the arrogance to instruct us how to live...

Thus the mildest criticism of religion is also the most radical and the most devastating one. Religion is man-made. Even the men who made it cannot agree on what their prophets or redeemers or gurus actually said or did. Still less can they hope to tell us the “meaning” of later discoveries and developments which were, when they began, either obstructed by their religions or denounced by them. And yet—the believers still claim to know! Not just to know, but to know everything . Not just to know that god exists, and that he created and supervised the whole enterprise, but also to know what “he” demands of us—from our diet to our observances to our sexual morality. In other words, in a vast and complicated discussion where we know more and more about less and less, yet can still hope for some enlightenment as we proceed, one faction—itself composed of mutually warring factions—has the sheer arrogance to tell us that we already have all the essential information we need. Such stupidity, combined with such pride, should be enough on its own to exclude “belief” from the debate. The person who is certain, and who claims divine warrant for his certainty, belongs now to the infancy of our species. It may be a long farewell, but it has begun and, like all farewells, should not be protracted.

-Christopher Hitchens, God is not Great, Chapter 1

1001 Nights

"Scheherazade had perused the books, annals and legends of preceding Kings, and the stories, examples and instances of bygone men and things; indeed it was said that she had collected a thousand books of histories relating to antique races and departed rulers. She had perused the works of the poets and knew them by heart; she had studied philosophy and the sciences, arts and accomplishments; and she was pleasant and polite, wise and witty, well read and well bred"




Posted by Cold Warrior | Fri Oct 2, 2015, 05:14 PM (3 replies)

Sarajevo

One of the most beautiful places I have lived and perhaps the last chance for a future respecting all human beings.


Posted by Cold Warrior | Fri Oct 2, 2015, 04:06 PM (2 replies)

Bach on a lute on Friday night


Posted by Cold Warrior | Fri Oct 2, 2015, 03:45 PM (2 replies)
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