‘Siren-song of Paradise and the dread of Hell’

“The only position that leaves me with no cognitive dissonance is atheism. It is not a creed. Death is certain, replacing both the siren-song of Paradise and the dread of Hell. Life on this earth, with all its mystery and beauty and pain, is then to be lived far more intensely: we stumble and get up, we are sad, confident, insecure, feel loneliness and joy and love. There is nothing more; but I want nothing more.”
— The Portable Atheist by Christopher Hitchens

via BooksActually

What a LOVELY excerpt. “the siren-song of Paradise and the dread of Hell.” Oh I love words.

‘Siren-song of Paradise and the dread of Hell’

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