09 December 2011

Quote for the day -- better off sober

"The fact that a believer is happier than a sceptic is no more to the point than the fact that a drunken man is happier than a sober one. The happiness of credulity is a cheap and dangerous quality."

George Bernard Shaw


Blogger Murr Brewster said...

Twue, but IS a believer happier than a skeptic? I know when I express my skepticism it makes me sound like a grouch, because obviously somebody's bubble is being burst, but I'm happy as hell.

Maybe I'm just mean.

09 December, 2011 23:48  
Blogger Robert the Skeptic said...

For me the most striking metaphor is Dumbo, clinging to a "magic feather" thinking that this enables him to fly.

I will NEVER forget what a devout Christian friend once said to my wife and me: "I find the more you think about it, the harder it is to believe".

10 December, 2011 13:36  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

MB: Probably not, but it's part of the image they like to project.

RtS: Which is why religion needs to inculcate suspicion of thinking -- "the wisdom of the world is foolishness to God", etc.

11 December, 2011 06:59  

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