Thursday, March 20, 2008

R.I.P., Arthur C. Clarke



"The greatest tragedy in mankind's entire history may be the hijacking of morality by religion."

-- Arthur C. Clarke, Greetings, Carbon-Based Bipeds! : Collected Essays, 1934-1998 (1999), p. 360


"Finally, I would like to assure my many Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Jewish, and Muslim friends that I am sincerely happy that the religion which Chance has given you has contributed to your peace of mind (and often, as Western medical science now reluctantly admits, to your physical well-being). Perhaps it is better to be un-sane and happy, than sane and un-happy. But it is the best of all to be sane and happy. Whether our descendants can achieve that goal will be the greatest challenge of the future. Indeed, it may well decide whether we have any future."

-- Arthur C. Clarke, 3001: The Final Odyssey (1997)

2 comments:

Brother Rolf said...

The good news is that Clarke now believes in God. The bad news is that he also now believes in the Devil.

Big Daddy Malcontent said...

How do you know? Do you have any evidence?