I just watched this video by Phil Hellenes and as usual, it didn’t fail to be profound and… it’s hard to describe what Phil’s videos do to me. They move me? I guess you can call it a ‘religious’ experience. And I’m not kidding, just like the video of Neil Tyson speaking about the science behind The Big Bang, Phil’s video’s give me goosebumps.
If you haven’t watched any of his video’s yet… man you’re in for a treat. The man is a genius. I would even go so far as to say his videos are as inspiring as Carl Sagan’s and it takes a lot for me to compare other mere mortals to Carl Sagan.
Watch this video and be moved:
“What are we? I think we have the right to ask, I think we have the right to never stop. Anything born with the necessary curiosity has the right to ask what they are. And damn anyone tells you that you don’t.”
Oh, I loved this bit, so eloquent:
“The Abrahamic religions are pretty much all in agreement: you’re the shameful, sinful creature willed into existence by an all-powerful, all-knowing, perfect god so that he can forgive you for not being perfect. He’s in love with you and he just wants you to love worship and obey him back, forever.”
I hope I’m not detracting for the sheer awesome of this video by quoting the video but I can’t help myself, it’s so well said:
“If we allow ourselves to believe in a god who approves of a single human killing, the killing of any human becomes arguably sanctified. The more we agree that nobody ever really dies, the less of a sin murder becomes…”
“… when a god that calls for the murder of any child, can be described with a straight face, as perfect?”
And this is why science will always win and why religion will always lose:
“Numbers have told us what the gods never could. And billions of answers later we’ve gone from rubbing two sticks together to colliding protons head on at close to the speed of light”
And this profound little gem:
“Sometimes we’re at our most alive when facing the prospect of our own mortality. Maybe that means that if we convince ourselves that we live forever we never really feel alive at all…”
Phil Hellenes, you are the most awesome.