Saturday, July 24, 2010

Quote of the Day: Too Tired To Think

"God is a sound people make when they're too tired to think anymore." --  Edward Abbey (via  PJ.)

Actually, God is a sound Hollywood puts in the mouth of actors as an opening exclative. It's over-used.

God is an intuition imprinted on the minds of atheists that makes the meek ones nervous and the bold ones angry.

They can't leave him alone!

And that's the way the too-tired-to-think Ball bounces.


Anonymous said...

"God is an intuition imprinted on the minds of atheists that makes the meek ones nervous and the bold ones angry."

Really, and how many atheists do know with sufficient intimacy to know what "intuition[s]" are "imprinted" in their minds?

Such egocentric projections are a considerable barrier to your ever understanding atheists, nontheiests (and quite probably polytheists and pantheists as well).

Anonymous said...

Has it occurred to you that atheists aren't 'angry at God' so much as angry at having their nose continually rubbed in a concept that they know to be without objective merit. Sort of like how a non-parent might feel about Santa Claus, if caught in a world where almost everybody was a small child and Christmas came once a week.

P@J said...

well put, Xn. Hard to get angry at something that doesn't exist. I don't get angry at unicorns, I don't get angry at Thor, I don't get angry at the leprachauns in my garden, and I don't get angry at Ball's God.

People who think I should beleive in any of the above often irritate me, though.

RkBall said...

I know myself and I used to be an atheist. And the statement I made is at least as sensible as the quote I was addressing.

If you don't think that many atheists are angry, you haven't been out and about the internet much.

RkBall said...

You must enjoy having your nose rubbed at least a little bit -- you have stopped by this site and we are sparring, right?! :)

P@J said...

Some atheists are angry, but the point is they are not angry at your God.

There also seem to be a lot of angry Theists out there. What are they so angry about?

Anonymous said...

Extrapolating from a single example, to all atheists is highly problematical.

This is especially true when the single atheist you're extrapolating from later converted to Christianity, making him an atypical example.

Really all that you can state with any accuracy is "God was an intuition imprinted on the mind of this (former) atheist".

"... nothing intellectually compelling or challenging.. bald assertions coupled to superstition... woefully pathetic"