Because I'm not a theist, my wife's family loves to use the line about there being no atheists in foxholes. I argued the point halfheartedly, wondering if it were possible that I'd change my tune if I knew my doom was nigh (nothing good ever seems to be nigh).

I had a 'fall down - go boom' medical emergency a few months back and had to go in for an emergency surgery. Prior to the surgery, my wife and I were talking in the hospital room when a cheerful older lady came into the room and explained that she was from chaplain services and had heard I was about to have surgery. She asked if we could chat and I agreed.

"What religion are you?" she asked.

"I'm not a religion," I replied without any sarcasm in my voice.

She was shocked but gracefully bowed out of the conversation and room. I don't begrudge her her faith. I don't have any ill will toward anyone that actually volunteer their time to offer comfort to the sick. Compassion, regardless of motivation, is a wonderful human trait.

I love the quote from Joss Whedon:

"The enemy of humanism is not faith. The enemy of humanism is hate, is fear, is ignorance, is the darker part of man that is in every humanist, every person in the world. That is what we have to fight. Faith is something we have to embrace. Faith in god means believing absolutely in something with no proof whatsoever. Faith in humanity means believing absolutely in something with a huge amount of proof to the contrary. We are the true believers. "
awar44 awar44
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4 Responses Jul 19, 2010

Right on

What a great quote.

yeah , I came into these situations before.

An excellent quote, and one many people could do with keeping in mind I think.