A little humour goes a long way

I DOUBT that genuine fervent atheism can exist in a God-free vacuum. If no God exists, the question would be a matter of indifference. No one would think of saying in the dogmatic tone, “God does not exist,” if indeed, God really did not exist. There would be no encounters with the divine to fight against

Some people believe the world revolves around them. They see themselves as the centre of the universe and bristle when the evidence suggest otherwise.

As Thoreau once said, as a young person we dream of building a bridge to the moon and sometime in mid-life we pick up the materials we’ve gathered and build a woodshed.

And it’s not easy to be satisfied with a woodshed, especially when we think this is all there is just one shot at glory and no end of the rainbow in sight.

When we stop believing in a heaven beyond this life, we too easily demand that we have a taste of heaven right now. That can lead to compulsion, addiction, anger, bitterness, envy, restlessness, confusion, and moral compromise.
We can find ourselves adrift, unsure of ourselves, with most of what’s best in us still frustrated, buried, waiting for a better day.

Charlie Chaplin once said: “Life is a tragedy when seen in close-up but a comedy in long shot.” A little perspective, like a little humor, goes a long way,

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8 thoughts on “A little humour goes a long way

  1. It’s difficult to see things from two sides, our own and our neighbours. We can be accepting of disadvantage in this life, sure of a better here-after, but to ignore your neighbours problems because he will be compensated later, goes against all compassion.

    Both attitudes were common not too long ago. Personally I know little about Heaven or what to expect there, and it doesn’t occupy my thoughts. I prefer to think that
    ”Life is mostly froth and bubble.
    Two things stand like stone –
    Kindness in another’s trouble,
    Courage in your own.”

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  2. God has definitely has a sense of humor, just look around in the Nature…;)

    However, immature Man definitely needs to have a sense of sarcasm, to see the “funny side” of his misused world, re-created by humans day by day…

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  3. ??… “I DOUBT that genuine fervent atheism can exist in a God-free vacuum.”
    I rather think ‘a god-free vacuum’ is a perfect definition of ‘atheism’.
    No?

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  4. Dabbles, you don’t, I’m sure, believe the world revolves around you, seeing yourself as the centre of the universe and bristling when the evidence suggest otherwise.

    I don’t see you as a ‘fervent’ atheist, one who goes around desperately trying to convert others to your belief. You just tell it the way you see it.

    I’m glad to see you here, but am wondering what attracts you here to this blog?

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    • Not sure about what you’re getting at Dreamweaver. (..centre of the universe, etc.)
      But I think the point was that ‘atheism’ doesn’t lend itself to fervency, since it doesn’t exist; it’s no more than a word we use to describe a non-existence…rather like ‘nil’ for example, or the way in which zero is not a number. That’s to say there can be no such thing as a “fervent atheist”; atheism has no existence, and certainly can’t be called a belief; it’s simply a NON-belief in god. That’s why I always say that every other living organism (and inanimate matter , for that matter), as far as we know, is atheist by default. The dictionary definition for the word is simply “without god”

      At the risk of sounding immodest, I spend time (‘too much’ you say? 😉 ) on this blog as one way of trying to slow down my rapid (and consciously so) loss of brain-cells. Call it a mental exercise. Once upon a time I wouldn’t have bothered ~ though in a time long ago (even before computers had reached my little corner of the world) there was this smart-arsed
      journo who used to publish all sorts of religious nonsense in the newspaper (remember them??) without anybody ever challenging what amounted to an insult to the intelligence of anyone with more that two braincells.

      So I girded my loins with my trusty biro and writing pad and sauntered into battle with this pusher of ‘People’s Opium’
      When pointing out his wrong-headedness didn’t slow him down I demanded ‘equal time’. Still no go. Appealed to his Editor for the right to respond.. no hope there, a real hard-nose ,,,, Peter Blunden? ~ fading memory).

      Anyway…….I guess old habits are hard to break….or even brake. 😉

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      • Thanks Dabs for taking the time to respond. I can assure you however that there ARE fervent atheists out there, determined to convert everyone to non-belief!
        😆

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      • “Not sure about what you’re getting at Dreamweaver. (..centre of the universe, etc.)”
        I was referring to Bryan’s words “I DOUBT that genuine fervent atheism can exist in a God-free vacuum. If no God exists, the question would be a matter of indifference. No one would think of saying in the dogmatic tone, “God does not exist,” if indeed, God really did not exist. There would be no encounters with the divine to fight against

        Some people believe the world revolves around them. They see themselves as the centre of the universe and bristle when the evidence suggest otherwise.”

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