I Wish I Had Said That: Atheism, Netflix Style

Orange New Black
Candle collection with “Orange is the New Black” motif. Lead character Piper Chapman (played by Taylor Schilling) is at center. (Icaro Ferracini, Flikr.com, CC BY 2.0)

In the 2013 “Fool Me Once” episode in Netflix’s “Orange is the New Black” women’s prison series, lead character Piper Chapman perfectly explains why a lot of atheists are atheists.

Here’s her long, gritty, stream-of-consciousness quotation:

 “I believe in science. I believe in evolution. I believe in Nate Silver and Neil deGrasse Tyson and Christopher Hitchens, although I do admit, he could be kind of an asshole. I cannot get behind some supreme being who weighs in on the Tony awards while a million people get whacked with machetes. I don’t believe a billion Indians are going to hell, I don’t think we get cancer to learn life lessons, and I don’t believe that people die young because God wants another angel. I think it’s just bullshit, and on some level, I think we all know that … I understand that religion makes it easier to deal with all the random, shitty things that happen to us, and I wish I could get on that ride, I’m sure I would be happier … but I can’t. Feelings aren’t enough. I need it to be real.”

Long ago, I stopped watching “Orange is the New Black” when it got too weird to entertain me, so my apologies if everyone on the planet has already seen this quote. But, for those who haven’t yet, enjoy.

I, too, like Piper Chapman, need things to be real to be credible. Also like her, deep in my DNA-deluded Homo sapiens brain, I wish actual truth was as easy to access as blind faith.

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