My attitude toward someone who says, ‘I have a meek and mild savior for you, and if you don’t like it you can burn forever, be tortured infinitely,’ is the same whether they keep it to themselves or try and pass it onto someone else. A person who believes that is a wicked and delusional idiot…As someone who is a beneficiary of a birthright of liberty in two free countries – one of my birth and one of my adoption – I decline to be spoken to in that tone of voice. I will not be told, ‘I have a supernatural offer for you: you can be redeemed if you believe just in me, and if you don’t like it you can be tortured forever.’ I won’t be talked to like that. That is the language of fascism, and it’s directly immoral, and it’s a very great relief to know that it’s completely mythical; that there isn’t a rag of truth to the story.
Beware the irrational, however seductive. Shun the ‘transcendent’ and all who invite you to subordinate or annihilate yourself. Distrust compassion; prefer dignity for yourself and others. Don’t be afraid to be thought arrogant or selfish. Picture all experts as if they were mammals. Never be a spectator of unfairness or stupidity. Seek out argument and disputation for their own sake; the grave will supply plenty of time for silence. Suspect your own motives, and all excuses. Do not live for others any more than you would expect others to live for you.