Friday, December 02, 2005

Umberto Eco ~ God isn't big enough for some people

G K Chesterton is often credited with observing: "When a man ceases to believe in God, he doesn't believe in nothing. He believes in anything." Whoever said it - he was right. We are supposed to live in a sceptical age. In fact, we live in an age of outrageous credulity.

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Anonymous said...

Hello. Is there some particular reason your posts always have zero comments?

eugene ionesco said...

As the guy who posts, rather than comments, I can only account for the posts. Even so, I’m not sure if those who decline to comment should be held accountable for their disinclination to do so: I'm sure those of a passive predisposition have much better things not to do.

Yeah, 100 hits a day and nobody comments. One of my favourite blogs, 3 Quarks Daily, probably averages 1000 hits a day and nobody comments.

When I started this blog up I was getting comments like "Great blog, now for debt consolidation advice try this link..." So, I ring-fenced the joint to filter out the spam. Now no-one comments, but I get a significant amount of repeat traffic, so I figure someone is still reading.

Here are a couple of meta-comments concerning the absence of comments over at 3 Quarks Daily:

"I like to think that you have a pretty bright readership, and the lack of comments is a tribute to their intelligence. Sadly, the corollary is that this comment proof of my own stupidity."

"On the matter of comments, I have noticed over time that you receive fewer comments than other sites of similar prominence, and it took me a while to understand why. The articles you link to are of such high literary quality that comments need to be of the same quality not to lower the tone of the site."

J.A.H said...

Amen. (for the post)

I don't feel any stupider, and I don't believe there is any shame to be had for posting comments which I feel, with my own limited intelligence, are relevant. (for the comment)

Daniel said...

I agree with Umberto Eco. But here's the problem with going back to the traditional religions: they still suck. It is immensely annoying that people feel the need to embrace something "greater" than themselves. I was raised atheist myself, and after reading enough religious nonsense on my own I saw why it's good to be atheist. Accepting the world around us is more than enough. But, as Mr. Eco pointed out, people still look for "-isms": communism, socialism, fascism, libertarianism, neo-conservatism, occultism. Even completely non-religious people seem to feel the need to become sheep to some form of ideology.

J.A.H said...

On the comment about people looking for a "greater" something and ideology.
I myself am an atheist as well, but when faced with the wonders of the world I can't help but feel awe about it all. So I call myself spiritual.
Perhaps "isms" are just our own counterreaction to being divided when in fact our natural tendency is to be together...
To give the "ism" a name makes it more appealing, it gives it substance and reality. So that we may flock to it.
Perhaps the real deal is accepting our humanity.