Like today. Walking up the sidewalk to my house, I noticed someone had cut the little bunch of tulips growing by my front porch.
Obviously people do far worse to each other than steal their flowers. But even something as small as this stings.
In these moments, when I want to punch someone’s face in (or perhaps shove severed tulip stems up someone’s ass), I pull out this quote from the brilliant filmmaker Joss Whedon:
“The enemy of humanism is not faith. The enemy of humanism is hate, is fear, is ignorance, is the darker part of man that is in every humanist, every person in the world. That is what we have to fight. Faith is something we have to embrace. Faith in god means believing absolutely in something with no proof whatsoever. Faith in humanity means believing absolutely in something with a huge amount of proof to the contrary. We are the true believers.”
I’m thrilled to be performing this weekend at the American Atheists Convention in Salt Lake City. I know I’ll be inspired there by being surrounded by other “true believers,” people who get up each day and look for proof of humanity’s goodness.
It’s there, believe me.
Maybe the person who took my flowers gave them to a sickly grandma who smiled brightly and felt loved.
P.S. Turned out to be DEER who cut my tulips! They were hungrily passing through the neighborhood, confusing many more people than just me.