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.