...The physicist cannot simply surrender to the philosopher the critical contemplation of the theoretical foundations; for, he himself knows best, and feels more surely where the shoe pinches...Physical conceptions are free creations of the human mind, and are not, however it may seem, uniquely determined by the external world.
You shall not steal! you shall not kill! such words were once called holy; before them people bowrd their knees and heads, and removed their shoes. but i ask you: where have there ever been better thieves and killers in the world than such holy words have been? is there not in all of life itself - robbing and killing? and when such words were called holy, was not truth itself thereby - killed?
Look, this isn’t the mummy. it’s not like a teenaged girl’s diary could resurrect the dead or anything. it’s just the story of her innocuous life. what on earth could an ancient girl have known that would be worth killing someone over? (tory) you’re asking me that question? people kill each other over a pair of shoes or for wearing the same jacket. (acheron)
Religion - religion, at best - at best - is like a lift in your shoe. if you need it for a while, and it makes you walk straight and feel better - fine. but you don't need it forever, or you can become permanently disabled. religion is like a lift in the shoe, and i say just don't ask me to wear your shoes. and let's not go down and nail lifts onto the natives' feet.