July 7, 2012
I saw you on the Chris Mathews show today and when I learned, after looking at your profile, that you are an atheist, I felt compelled to write you.
I read the wiki on your life and also noticed you were also a Southern California native educated in the Ivy League, and quite successful in your professional life. As an atheist, it must have been even more difficult getting a significant position within your employer, who traditionally, i believe, developed their talent within their own cosmological belief systems of Jewish, Christian, and perhaps Mormon.
As an atheist you must feel that your life and awareness of consciousness of life are limited by our cellular life span, here on this planet. It's over 100 years now.
I am happy to tell you that this idea is short sighted and naive.
My perspective, of course, is that of a 62 year old man, born and raised in Southern California. , I started my professional life as a flight instructor, then a student, brought me into the computer business where I made a career, finally starting a residential fire protection business before my present semi-retirement.
Please consider the following:
There has never been a period of time, when our comprehension of life or the universe has decreased.
Often the change is forward, and dramatic. iPhones and information at your fingertips prove this point.
This week the confirming proof of a theoretical construct called Higgs Boson, which confirms an idea by a theoretical physicist first advanced while I was a freshman at Hawthorne High School, changes, again, our conception of the universe, or at least this "standard model" described in physics, which is Chinese to me.
World religions depend upon the written or spoken word, which of course is a symbol for something we encounter in our consciousness of life. B O A T or boat employs 4 discrete symbols to describe a vessel that floats upon the water. Love, faith, truth, integrity, honesty, are of course open to a broader, and secular interpretation. Christian, Jewish, Moslem, Hindu, and Buddist are systems developed in pursuit of those basic life questions: Why are we here, where did we come from, what is life, how should we feel about it, how does it end, are all basic questions of existence that we all ponder.
Please take this in the spirit intended as an idea to consider, that there is more than what we can yet comprehend to our brief dance of energy, on this planet, here and now.