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People say that this path is so easy,
simply the way things go
because it is so simple, so basic, so minimal
it is so great.
I have three commandments
Today your courage is based on the ease of attack and victory,
your generosity on your wealth, not poverty, and your humility
on being the first, not the last. You will die, and it will all pass.
Nature gives a natural defense of lowliness -- like the "death" of the possum, or the bared neck of the wolf, the sea depths of the ancient coelacanth -- to that which it wants to protect.
In 1761 David Hume wrote an essay entitled "Natural religion."
To Hume, "natural" religion was the religious knowledge that every child
was born with, like the autonomic reflexes of breathing, sucking and crying.
For centuries prior to him and centuries after him, people have presumed
that human nature inherently assumes the existence
of a culture's deities for every infant born within it. |
In a moral universe in which things are right or wrong, and presuming theism to be true and natural religion, atheism becomes the false and unnatural religion. In a moral universe in which human beings are drawn towards conforming to their natural (ie, theistic) religious state, atheists become the non-conformists.