September 5, 2012

Atheism: Making The World We Want

Bertrand Russell quote

This is a great quote from the first book I read on atheism, Bertrand Russell's Why I Am Not a Christian and Other Essays on Religion and Related Subjects. It has always captured one of the most inspiring and intimidating aspects of atheism: it is up to us to make the world in which we want to live.

Superstitious belief has done its share of damage, but we can improve through the pursuit of reason. Organized religion has certainly caused considerably harm, but we can help to hasten its demise and reverse much of the harm it has caused. Nobody would ever suggest this will be easy; it may take generations. The question for each of us to ponder is how we will contribute.