Tim Minchin nails it

Michaelyn sent me this picture with one of Minchin’s quotes from the Reason Rally.

It reminded me of Sam Harris’ opening to his Atheist Manifesto.

The entirety of atheism is contained in this response. Atheism is not a philosophy; it is not even a view of the world; it is simply a refusal to deny the obvious.  Unfortunately, we live in a world in which the obvious is overlooked as a matter of principle. The obvious must be observed and re-observed and argued for. This is a thankless job. It carries with it an aura of petulance and insensitivity. It is, moreover, a job that the atheist does not want.

Most of us would be happy to live quietly if we felt inaction in the face of a globally harmful force were moral.

  • ladydreamgirl

    Ah yes, the picture/quote combination that had r/atheism devolving into a debate about eyeliner. I’m quite fond of it myself.

  • TV200

    I wish there would have been time for him to do his full 2 hour set. It’s is incredible. I got to see him in a reasonably small theater here in DC last summer, about 10 feet from the stage, and it was,hands down, one of the best things I have seen in my life.

  • Mark Erdell

    I get a kick out of people denying that they have a philosophy as they explain their philosophy.