Feb. 8, 2020
The U & I Podcast - Conversations with an Atheist ft Tope - Season 02 Episode 014
"At what point did it all feel different for you?"
I asked this and many other questions to my guest (an amazing woman), over the phone, as she takes us through her transition from growing up and believing in the doctrine of Christian to coming of age and embracing the ideals of atheism. This is one conversation you do not want to miss. Epic!
“Because here's something else that's weird but true: in the day-to day trenches of adult life, there is actually no such thing as atheism. There is no such thing as not worshipping. Everybody worships. The only choice we get is what to worship. And the compelling reason for maybe choosing some sort of god or spiritual-type thing to worship—be it JC or Allah, be it YHWH or the Wiccan Mother Goddess, or the Four Noble Truths, or some inviolable set of ethical principles—is that pretty much anything else you worship will eat you alive. If you worship money and things, if they are where you tap real meaning in life, then you will never have enough, never feel you have enough. It's the truth. Worship your body and beauty and sexual allure and you will always feel ugly. And when time and age start showing, you will die a million deaths before they finally grieve you. On one level, we all know this stuff already. It's been codified as myths, proverbs, clichés, epigrams, parables; the skeleton of every great story. The whole trick is keeping the truth up front in daily consciousness.”
― David Foster Wallace , This Is Water: Some Thoughts, Delivered on a Significant Occasion, about Living a Compassionate Life
Disclaimer: My take on the first gist of the week is total hogwash. I think I missed the point entirely.
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