The Underground Lady [Page Twenty-Eight]

The most delicate and patient means should be employed when detaching a belief system from one of its elements. 

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Of course, even humanism has its uses.  We could take from this system its lessons about love—its love of love even, to some extent—but then let’s wait and do it right.

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In order for love to be useful again—for it to no longer be an act of containment—our entire worldview would have to be altered.  Love is a last step.

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We should worship the earth, if anything.  And seek to bring her new disciples by scouring outer space.

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The Bohemian today gives no hint of pagan or atheistic, or other religious, beliefs to others, nor does he proselytize.  This is because we live in a delicate time, in a period of beginnings for new myths, and the end of old ones.  The Bohemian of course believes in no myths, new or old, nor does he participate in spreading them—although on occasion he does seek to destroy certain myths, and to teach that they represent nothing.

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The support of outer space exploration must be absolute.

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Physicists will probably find a way to create a singularity so that we can travel through it to other galaxies.  Our fixation on this possibility represents an unwillingness on our part to accept the limitations placed upon us in the enormous time needed to travel by more direct means across thousands of light-years.  This is an admirable fixation.  We should not have to remain on earth.  That demand is arbitrary.

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Paganism cannot account for striving—that is why will became a Christian property.  In paganism everything happens at once, and this conception of the universe makes no room for a discreet “beginning” away from which one can hope to struggle.  Christianity brought the conception of progress into the world of actions and ideas, for good and ill.

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I am not trying to avoid mistakes.  This is what is meant by equanimity of spirit.

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Since I am an atheist, what precisely do I mean by spirit?  I mean the tone of a person, as well as the degree of reciprocity in their actions.

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We are all like those who walk through the snow, and have only their footprints as proof of their passing—and by morning, it has snowed again.

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Existentialism cannot just serve religion.  It does not replace religion either.  It is indifferent.

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The existence of money assumes a whole series of gross assumptions about us.  But it does not prove them—it merely raises them, and it is up to us to decide whether to fulfill them, or frustrate and deny them.

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It would probably be better not to tempt people in the way that money does.  We would probably be better off without money.

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All these thoughts are interchangeable.  Rearrange or recombine them in any way you want.

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Anyone who feels a part of these thoughts, or their attitude, is also a part of a larger whole, made up of all those who feel in a similar way about this text, and all that that engenders.

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The Underground Lady has rejected so many ways of looking at the world, I asked her: So, what is your attitude to it?  And she answered: Demonism.

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