Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Day's events

This morning we went to the Fitness Center and for 40 minutes I walked around the basketball court. We returned home and in the afternoon I took a nap.

After dinner, we watched the State of the Union address. It was more civil than some past addresses I can recall.

After the President finished his speech, I finished reading Atheism: A Very Short Introduction by Julian Baggini. It was a free download on my Kindle. The book concludes with these words:

Atheism is about moving on and taking the opportunities that life affords, and that carries with it risks of failure and the rejection of reassuring illusions.

It is this realism that means atheism cannot ever be presented as an undiluted, positive joy. Real life is about accepting ups and downs, the good and the bad, the possibility of failure as well as the ambition to succeed. Atheism speaks to the truth about our human nature because it recognizes all this and doesn not seek to shield us from the truth by myth and superstition.

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