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Amnis73's Avatar Jump to comment 20 by Amnis73

I love the intelligent and well thought out comments that more often than not are found throughout this site. I'm sure I've said it before, but I learn a lot from the different viewpoints so eloquently expressed and yet again my expectations of human beings are saved by the rational few.

Personally, I'm torn between debating with these sorts of theists, or writing them off. They seem to be the ones that show the most promise when it comes to making the leap from letting go of those last tenants of 'faith' to accepting rationality; yet they are highly dangerous to the argument for rationality because their foot in the door is what leaves room for the religiots to thrive.

I have a friend who insists he still believes in god; though a scientist, his idea is that the realm of the unknown is god's realm, and until science explains EVERY unknown phenomenon, god will exist to him. I remind him that the realm of god has been shrinking for millenia, is it so hard to think that there may not be one, and one day we will indeed explain life, the universe and everything? I think he really is clinging to the brainwashing he received as a child. Another reason I think he clings to his shredded faith is because after losing his mother to cancer, he wants to believe he'll see her again after death.

Now I've lost people very close to me and I cannot for the life of me reconcile the childish wants of the 'soul' surviving after death with what I understand reality to be; we cease to exist when we shuffle off this mortal coil. But how in the world can you say that to someone who lives their life as though they will have something to look forward to after they die?

Anyone that has any experience in this sort of situation please PM me because its really a question that I've been struggling with for a while, and I could use some outside input. Every grief counselor I've spoken to seems to think that one should find comfort in knowing their loved one is 'in a better place,' or whatever bullshit dream they think will satisfy the bereaved, but I find no comfort in such absurdity. Reality cannot be suspended for the mollycoddling of human emotion (this may explain why people consider me to be a heartless bitch :)


edited for poor grammar, oops

Tue, 09 Dec 2008 18:33:00 UTC | #285390