John le Carré on Atheism
a Mingrelian proverb ... : 'Why do you want light if you're blind?'
I am not a God man, though I believe society is the better for Him than without Him. I do not reject Him, as Larry does, and then go scurrying after Him to apologise. But I do not accept Him either.
If deep down I believe in some central meaning, some Urgeist, as Larry would call it, my route to it is more likely to be the aesthetic one -- the autumnal beauty of the Mendips, say, or Emma playing Liszt for me -- than the path of prayer.
- John le Carre' (David Cornwell), Our Game (Knopf: New York 1995)
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