(1252) Mon 23 Dec 96 13:07
By: DAVID RICE
To: JESSE JONES
Re: 'Atheists do no good'
-=> Quoting Jesse Jones to Steve Quarrella <=-
JJ> I am astounded that you and your fellow heathens
JJ> would brag about such incidents as giving away
JJ> your last can of Vernors -- the uniqueness of
JJ> which, as a Detroit native, I readily embrace --
JJ> as supposed proof of your altruism.
It made the recipiants' day. I'd call that A Good Thing,
no matter if it wasn't as lofty and goddamned sacraficial
enough to suit you. Do you believe that an act of kindness
and "good" is predicated on some kind of scale? How very
inhuman of you, if so.
JJ> Myself, I had a slow week, what with Christmas shopping
JJ> and an unusual number of work-related emergencies.
What are you doing celebrating a =PAGAN= holiday?!
Sunday noon while driving home from a ship chandlery,
I watched as the jeep in front of me ejected from its
trunk a large, brightly wrapped present. I hit the
brakes, jumped out of my pickup, grabbed the package
from among heavy traffic, jumped back into my pickup,
and rushed down the highway after the jeep. When I
caught up to it I honked my horn and raised the package
so the driver could see it. He pulled over and I gave
him the gift, which he said was a present for his wife.
Someone who has not painted his nose bright yellow, of
course, would have kept the present when it fell off
the jeep (for the most part, you know, people who do
not paint their noses bright yellow do No Good Things).
No gods made me retrieve this package back to the
owner; no belief in gods and their unholy retribution
coerced me to this simple act of deciency. Merely the
conviction that if it had been my package, fallen out
of my vehicle, I would want someone to have returned
it to me in turn. The gods don't apply.
One can only wonder at your need to believe in gods
before you could be as decient.
... Blasphemy is what an old mistake says of a newly discovered truth.
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