Category Archives: Personal

The Tragedy of One

“We must never make the problem of pain worse than it is by vague talk about the ‘unimaginable sum of human misery…’ There is no such thing as a sum of suffering, for no one suffers it. When we have … Continue reading

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Breadth of Life

“All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.” – 19th-century philosopher John Stuart Mill (para.)  “I think it is one of the tragedies of our nation, one of the shameful tragedies, that eleven … Continue reading

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The Myth of Kinship

“We imply, and often believe, that habitual vices are exceptional single acts, and make the opposite mistake about our virtues – like the bad tennis player who calls his normal form his ‘bad days’ and mistakes his rare successes for … Continue reading

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The Pride of Skepticism

Perhaps the primary origin of subjectivism today, at least in America, is the desire to be accepted, to be ‘with it,’ fashionable, avant garde, ‘in the know,’ rather than ‘square,’ ‘hokey’ or ‘out of it.’ We all learned this as … Continue reading

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A Reasonable Doubt?

“Not enough evidence, God, not enough evidence.” – Bertrand Russell, when asked what his response would be if upon his death he was confronted by God demanding to know why he hadn’t believed. “I didn’t go to religion to make … Continue reading

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God, the Father

You asked for a loving God: you have one…. Not a senile benevolence that drowsily wished you to be happy in your own way, not the cold philanthropy of a conscientious magistrate, not the care of a host who feels … Continue reading

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Is God Good?

“The God of the Old Testament is arguably the most unpleasant character in all fiction: jealous and proud of it; a petty unjust, unforgiving control-freak; a vindictive, bloodthirsty ethnic cleanser; a misogynistic, homophobic, racist, infanticidal, genocidal, filicidal, pestilential, megalomaniacal, sado-masochistic, … Continue reading

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