I have never conceived that having been in public life required me to belie my sentiments, or to conceal them. opinion and the just maintenance of it shall never be a crime in my view, nor bring injury on the individual. i never will by any word or act, bow to the shrine of intolerance. i never had an opinion in politics or religion which i was afraid to own; a reserve on these subjects might have procured me more esteem from some people, but less from myself.
Religion is based ... Mainly upon fear ... Fear of the mysterious, fear of defeat, fear of death. Fear is the parent of cruelty, and therefore it is no wonder if cruelty and religion have gone hand in hand. My own view on religion is that of lucretius. I regard it as a disease born of fear and as a source of untold misery to the human race.
His embarassment would have pleased me, but once he recovered, there would be that awkward period that sometimes culminates in a handshake. I didn't want to touch these people's hands or see things from their point of view, i just wanted to continue hating them. So i kept my mouth shut and stared off into space.
I do object to the assumption that anything that might be outside of nature is ruled out of the conversation. That's an impoverished view of the kinds of questions we humans can ask, such as "why am i here?", "what happens after we die?", "is there a god?" if you refuse to acknowledge their appropriateness, you end up with a zero probability of god after examining the natural world because it doesn't convince you on a proof basis.
I shall often go wrong through defect of judgment. when right, i shall often be thought wrong by those whose positions will not command a view of the whole ground. i ask your indulgence for my own errors, which will never be intentional, and your support against the errors of others, who may condemn what they would not if seen in all its parts.
There are many different kinds of power. True power comes from serving and helping others. Such behavior makes people respect you. They are willing to listen to your views and advice, and they support you. The energy of many people is thus channeled through one person. This kind of power is positive and authentic.
If you view computer designers as artists, they're really into more of an art form that can be mass-produced, like records, or like prints, than they are into fine arts. they want something where they can express themselves to a large number of people through their medium, and their medium is technology and manufacturing.
We've had to deal with so many complications. we're still dealing with them. and what can we do? nothing - well, unless we take your side's point of view and make deals with the devil. but why? why can't we make deals with god? people do all the time. 'god, if you do this for me, i promise to be good.' stuff like that. yeah, but i don't see any contracts like you guys have. no hard evidence that it works. how come we can only get things we want by being bad? why can't we get them by being good?