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As to the gods, I have no means of knowing either that they exist or do not exist, or what they are like.


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To be alive is to feel the joy of being./ In spite of the sorrows and joys of life/ The primary joy is that of being./ That of my existence. / That I exist is the most fundamental experience is joy for me!/ I, who do not deserve to, really exist./ I, who need not, do exist!/ I, who may not, do exist.

Kuruvilla Pandikattu

Religious people often say that religion offers absolute certainty about right and wrong; 'god tells them' what it is. Even supposing that the aforementioned gods exist, and that the believers really know what the gods think, that still does not provide certainty, because any being no matter how powerful can still be wrong. Whether gods exist or not, there is no way to get absolute certainty about ethics. Without absolute certainty, what do we do? We do the best we can. Injustice is happening now; suffering is happening now. We have choices to make now. To insist on absolute certainty before starting to apply ethics to life decisions is a way of choosing to be amoral.

Richard M. Stallman

Now, there are some, and I donít just mean Communists like you, but thinking men of all political parties, who think that not many of these gods actually exist. Some believe that Ďínoneíí of them exist. Thereís just us and an ocean of darkness around us. Iím no philosopher or poet, how would I know the truth? Itís true that all these gods seem to do awfully little workómuch like our politiciansóand yet keep winning reelection to their golden thrones in heaven, year after year. Thatís not to say that I donít respect them, Mr. Premier! Donít you ever let that blasphemous idea into your yellow skull. My country is the kind where it pays to play it both ways: the Indian entrepreneur has to be straight and crooked, mocking and believing, sly and sincere, at the same time.

Aravind Adiga

What is called the spirit of the void is where there is nothing. It is not included in man's knowledge. Of course the void is nothingness. By knowing things that exist, you can know that which does not exist. That is the void.

Miyamoto Musashi

In this book it is spoken of the Sephiroth and the Paths; of Spirits and Conjurations; of Gods, Spheres, Planes, and many other things which may or may not exist. It is immaterial whether these exist or not. By doing certain things certain results will follow; students are most earnestly warned against attributing objective reality or philosophic validity to any of them.

Aleister Crowley
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