"Two quotes come to mind:
Death does not concern us, because as long as we exist, death is not here. And when it does come, we no longer exist."
"We are dead; we are - not here.If we were then we would - be…"
"What worries me is that I may not be dead but in the midst of a heart attack (happened to me Da). Maybe I'll be suffering a stroke. Maybe I'll be choking on my own tongue (happened to my grandmother). Maybe I'll be having my head cut…"
"I was going to ask the OP if he was willing to go all Pascal on us for his daydream but you beat me to it. To be aware of the possibility is all the thought it deserves. I will reassess the situation as more data becomes available. I won't be…"
"That's a good suggestion. We'll have to give some thought as to what we'd like it to say. "A pox on anyone who moves this birdbath"???
"Below this birdbath you'll find the stairway to hell"???
"My wife is Catholic. I do like her request though. She would like to have her ashes, mixed with concrete, to be made into a birdbath. She would like it to be placed on the hill of our property.I see no real value in this but I do have a sentimental…"
"Ohh, he's got as future in politics. And it's not whether he can keep a lie a secret. None of them can. It's whether he can spin it to his advantage and/or do the 'apology tour' where he comes out on top. Think former…"
"How appropriate - the kid used the claim of a personal relationship with god to get attention. It starts earlier and earlier anymore. This kid might have a future in politics, if he can learn how to keep a lie a secret."
Appreciate your comment (with a chuckle). Few people grasp the magical 50% threshold, or any other percentage for that matter. If one person in 300 survived a mining collapse, for example, it would be a "miracle" from god (and "thank god" uttered). Bad luck for the other 299. Crazy.
To try to encompass all of Robert Heinlein's philosophy by recommending one book is likely impossible. I COULD be tempted to suggest Time Enough For Love, even though it (sort of) requires that you read Methuselah's Children first (it really CAN stand on its own, though). There is a lot of RAH's philosophy in Time Enough and in many of his other books.
If you want to have a hard, strong look at his attitude on religion, I have three suggestions:
• Job: A Comedy of Justice. This REALLY gets to the heart of the matter ... and it should have been his FIFTH Hugo Award winner. • Stranger In a Strange Land. All you have to do is look at the gross parody which is Fosters "Church of the New Revelation" to see what he thinks of current-day organized religion. • If this goes on... from the collection, Revolt in 2100. One of the first pieces Heinlein wrote which dealt directly with religion and its leanings toward imperialism.
These are among my faves. We can talk about this if you like or you can go your own way. In any case, I'd be interested in hearing your reaction to whatever you do get into.
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