image Dream of Goldfish, Jiri Meitner
“If God is not, then the existence of all that is beautiful and … good, is but the accidental … by-product of blindly swirling atoms, or of the equally unpurposeful … mechanisms of present-day physics. A man may believe that this dreadful thing is true. But only the fool will say in his heart that he is glad that it is true. For to wish there should be no God is to wish that the things which we love and strive to realize and make permanent, should be only temporary and doomed to frustration and destruction. Atheism leads not to badness but only to an incurable sadness and loneliness.”
Gates of Prayer, Chaim Stern, ed. (New York: Central Conference of American Rabbis, 1975), 9.