I Heart Richard

Great interview with Richard Dawkins, on Salon:

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.

Highly recommended.

2 Responses to “I Heart Richard”

  1. The Born Again Mr. Pech Says:

    I now worship Richard Dawkins. As far as religion goes I think one huge factor is simply the “what will the neighbors think?” sort of phenomenon, where people profess all sorts of things, just because they are afraid of people finding out the truth, such as, not really believing in god, or not thinking gay marriage is so bad. Now to go buy some books.

  2. Simon Says:

    Abandoning religion suddenly provides no direction for a pool of money given towards Churches. Just imagine how many diseases we could eradicate, poor people we could feed, and advancements we could make if the cash was redirected…

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