Excerpt from chp 1, BEYOND, The End Of Faith

8 09 2009

It is the story of an extremely happy, gray haired little lady who bicycled up to a philosopher and his scholar friend and stopped to say hello. She was the very epitome of happiness. She had a smile from ear to ear and not a care or worry in her head.

She peddled off and the scholar friend explained to the philosopher, Decartes, that the lady had a relative in India who sent her a small vessel of holy water once a month. As long as she could say her prayers each morning and had a few drops of holy water to dot and sprinkle on her forehead, she was assured and totally confident that nothing but good things would happen to her for the rest of this life and next.

The friend asked Decartes to explain “How can you justify your lifetime study of philosophy and its’ lofty ideals and all it’s worrisome details when all you have to do is to follow in the footsteps of the lady on the bike? ” Her life could not possibly be happier. If the goal of life is merely one of being happy, then why could you not accept her way instead of yours with its’ concerns and deep study of your subject?”

Without any hesitation whatsoever, the Philosopher replies “Yes, but it is a happiness I do not desire.”





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