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You have guts and Intellectual Integrity and THAT combination deserves respect.

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

by ATinNM on Mon Apr 19th, 2010 at 12:23:18 AM EST
and for what it's worth, will throw in an anecdote which my uncle told me years after it happened (I had no personal recollection of it).

When I was five years old, my family was visiting him, and one day when he, my mother and I were riding in the back of a car, I looked up at him to size him up and for some reason asked:  "Uncle, how can I go to heaven?"  Taken off guard, he was annoyed, too.  (He called me a "cheeky brat" as he recounted the story.)  For he was a proud atheist but at the same time, he knew that my mother was a devout Catholic.  So he was in a bind.  Quickly, he came up with the following answer:  "Just keep walking forward, putting one foot in front of the other, and one day you'll get there."  (My mother, knowing him, had been expecting something much more mischievous.  He recalled with glee the look of surprise, relief and new found admiration in her expression.)

I had to admit, that was some swift thinking on his feet -- and it wasn't such bad advice either.

And while it may be a bit melodramatic for this context, I was reminded of ARGeezer's signature while reading your diary and remembering my own bouts of confusion involving "Big Questions":

     As the Dutch said while fighting the Spanish: "It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."

The point is not to be right, but to get to right.

by marco on Mon Apr 19th, 2010 at 07:35:29 AM EST
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Thank you ATinNM and others. I only have time in the evenings right now. So, I'm going to reply some more tomorrow.
by Lily (put - lilyalmond - here <a> yahaah.france) on Mon Apr 19th, 2010 at 05:34:00 PM EST
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