Oh, but he just wasn’t having it. I’m a “stupid kid” who doesn’t know anything about the world while he had a house, a lifelong job and a family by age 20 in 1976.
I won’t reiterate the argument put forth in this great video. It’s all there. We got the short end of the stick, but you know what? We’re still doing better than the aging, dying, thankless folks that came before us.
This is a fair point. Now, I have a useless liberal arts degree and work as a dish washer with full benefits; and generally dislike people who put themselves on a pedestal. So where does that put me in the argument?
About the harmful effects and potential terror that can be wrought by organized religion?
In all seriousness, I pick on religion a fair bit. But pay mind, I don’t call out people who are religious; but rather institutions that seek to maintain the status quo using their god or gods as a reason.
Remember: for more than a thousand years, people simply could not question the church. They were a social, political and military power in dozens of nations. Now, I can question that terriblethingsvarious churches do from the privacy of my own room.
When God shows up promoting a little friendly atheism, I’m reminded of something one of my favorite musicians said:
“Being an atheist means you have to realize that when you die, that really is it. You’ve got to make the most of what you’ve got here and spread as much influence as you can. I believe that you only live through the influence that you spread, whether that means having a kid or making music.”
I think what Matt Bellamy was saying here is that we can’t waste a bunch of time acting like we have all the answers for any reason (let alone “because God said so.”) So make the best of now and live on through the things you leave behind.