I ran across this quote as a kid sorting through my sister's 'Magic the Gathering' card game and thought it was kind of cool and for some strange reason it has stuck with me through the years though I have forgotten many far more important things. Personally, I do believe in unicorns and fairies (not in a biological sense mind you, but certainly in a philosophical sense, whatever that means) but I don't believe in atheists. Yes, you read that right, I don't believe in atheists (this is where an atheist falls down dead and can only be revived by clapping...or was that fairies?...I suppose the atheists out there would only roll their eyes at me and get on with their dull and tedious lives in which no wonder dwells). Now don't get me wrong, I am fully aware that there are people out there who proclaim they do not believe in any superior being/force or anything supernatural but that is not an atheist, an atheist is theoretically someone who does not have a god, but that is impossible, because we, as humans, are wired to worship something be it a God, a philosophy, a cause, an ideal, a physical object, a pet, a person, or ourselves. There are no atheists, we all worship something, the only question is what?
In the neighboring state, football is a religion. There is a museum dedicated to Spam (the canned meat product). There are people who 'marry' themselves. Some choose to worship science or evolution or the cosmos instead of a Creator. Some see saving the planet or the animals or the rainforest or whatever as their purpose for being. We all have a religion, most of it just doesn't happen in church or mosque. Some of us proclaim a particular creed but live an entirely different way. The Pharisees in Jesus's day are a good example, proclaiming to be the most fervent followers of the Hebrew God yet lusting after power and wealth far more than they ever concerned themselves with what God actually wanted in a follower. I love the example of them tithing their spices but neglecting the most basic tenets of the faith. We all worship something, regardless of what we think or say we believe, what do we actually believe? What do our thoughts and actions and words reveal about where our hearts truly lie? We are none of us atheists, but are we living as we truly wish to live, and if not, what can we do to change that?