Tickets are now on sale for the follow up to ‘Nine Lessons and Carols for Godless People’ – ‘A Night of 400 Billion Stars (and maybe some string theory)’
Which is as good an excuse as any to repost an old blog about the Godless shows - don't worry, I'm nearly done with the MySpace blog recycling.
So New Humanist printed a feature about it at the time, which consisted of a compilation of short pieces contributed by the performers, including Richard Herring and Ricky Gervais.
I had a piece included, and because I was a regular contributor to New Humanist, I was the only performer they had a photo of.
So they used my picture as a placeholder in the draft copy, with quite freakish results:
The egoist in me obviously wanted it kept like that when going to press…
Anyway, here's what I wrote for my contribution:
Someone recently asked me if being an atheist was a joyless experience. As though one cannot hope to enjoy the Universe and all its myriad contents, colours, shapes and possibilities without believing it was thrown together in a week by a magic super being. Anyway, is it not far more joyless to slavishly attend Church to avoid Hell, or cover yourself head to foot in a burkha? I like the idea that I live in a world that has been millions of years in the making, and that will exist millions of years after I'm gone. I only get to be a momentary part of it but this doesn't make me feel so small and insignificant that I reach for a made up meaning. It makes me grateful for the short window of life I've been granted and pushes me to make the most of every moment.