by Kung Fu Zu 8/28/13
The one thing which stands out about such radical atheists such as Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens, et al, is their complete lack of humility. I am not talking about the holding-your-candle-under-a-bushel type of humility. I mean the type of humility which comes from understanding the vastness of creation. I mean the type of humility which realizes that mortals are limited in what they know.
And even types such as Dawkins and Hitchens, who appear to be so exalted in their own minds, don’t know and can’t know the answers to the greatest questions in life. I am referring to the type of humility which realizes there is a reason that, throughout history, people have felt the need to search for something greater than and superior to themselves.
These radical atheists have the temerity to explain this away by saying that the masses are deluded and they, the anointed, aren’t. Sounds familiar doesn’t it? Lenin thought the masses needed a vanguard to lead them to the future as well.
Some radical atheists will say many religious leaders lack humility as well. But what these purveyors of nothingness and their cohorts don’t seem to understand is that most people are looking for hope and meaning. It is not arrogance which is driving them.
In the end, these atheistic fundamentalists could do themselves and the rest of us a favor. Show a little humility because, contrary to what they seem to think, on the big questions, they really don’t know any more than anyone else. And they really aren’t any better than the rest of us. They simply have bigger voids in their spirits.