Archive for the ‘Somerset Maugham’ Category

If death ends all…

September 9, 2009

If one puts aside the existence of God and the survival after life as too doubtful to have any effect on one’s behaviour, one has to make up one’s mind as to the use of life. If death ends all, if I have neither to hope for good, nor to fear evil, I must ask myself what I am here for, and how in these circumstances I must conduct myself. Now the answer is plain, but so unpalatable that most will not face it. There is no meaning for life, and [thus] life has no meaning.

Somerset Maugham

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Agnosticism – Practical Atheism

July 4, 2009

In religion above all things the only thing of use is an objective truth. The only God that is of use is a being who is personal, supreme, and good, and whose existence is as certain as ‘2+2=4’. I cannot penetrate the mystery. I remain an agnostic, and the practical outcome of agnosticism is that you act as though God did not exist.”

Somerset Maugham, The Summing Up