Post by geoff Post by bra Post by ~misfit~
"Humans will have advanced a long, long way when religious belief has a cozy
little classification in the DSM*."
(*Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders)
As an uncomfortable agnostic I take solace in Dr Samuel Johnson's comments about the poet Christopher Smart who was sometimes put in asylums because of his religious enthusiasm, which he vented in the street. (Smart also wrote a 72-line poem describing how his cat Geoffrey worshipped God.)
Johnson: "I did not think he ought to be shut up. His infirmities are not noxious to society. True, he insisted on people praying with him; but I'd as lief pray with poor Kit Smart as anyone in the Kingdom. Another charge was that he did not love clean linen [clothes]; well, I have no passion for it myself."
Johnson said later that "surely it is madness NOT to pray", and I agree with the old grouch.
Agnostic, how fluffy.
I figure that to be an atheist, you must be doggedly ;-) and determinedly and committed to proclaim the nonexistence of Dog. Oh, so much work and effort.
Me, I treat it like the FIA ---- things could change any time. Maybe there's no Dog, but in sixteen days' time, whoops, there could suddenly BE a Dog; and that may thence last until the end of never, or the Dog might be a kind of interval between two eternities of dog-lessness.
That's me: 'fluffy if you will, but not a fluffy dog