Shifting Gears

This week I will be doing the 4-1 evening shift that I don’t like. I am not sure what I dislike about it most – working till that late hour or going back in the cabs with a bunch of noisy kids, among which I won’t know most. The noise and the constant chatter is distracting and I am glad that the trip will be a short one as I live in Kacheripaddy.

I had to inform all my trainees on Saturday not to come to the office at 9 am like usual but at 4 pm. I only missed out on one guy; I kept trying his cell all Saturday evening and for most of Sunday but kept getting a ‘switched off’ response. He called me up this morning – turns out he lost his handset and was unable to get my message as well.

Reading ‘The Sky Is Falling’, a novel by the late Sidney Sheldon. Saw a great episode of Law & Order : SVU last night, probably one of their best yet. It was about a 10 year old Honduran girl who was sold to a paedophile who takes her pictures and abuses her, while keeping her locked up and shut out from the world in the basement of an electronics goods store in New York City. She finds his cell phone and calls 911 and speaks to ‘Olivia Benson’ and they finally track her down before her capture can kill her. It was really moving.

Song for the day – “Big Picture” – LISA BROKOP

The Necessity of Atheism

“If he is infinitely good, what reason should we have to fear him? If he is infinitely wise, why should we have doubts concerning our future? If he knows all, why warn him of our needs and fatigue him with our prayers? If he is everywhere, why erect temples to him? If he is just, why fear that he will punish the creatures that he has filled with weaknesses? If grace does everything for them, what reason would he have for recompensing them? If he is all-powerful, how offend him, how resist him? If he is reasonable, how can he be angry at the blind, to whom he has given the liberty of being unreasonable? If he is immovable, by what right do we pretend to make him change his decrees? If he is inconceivable, why occupy ourselves with him? IF HE HAS SPOKEN, WHY IS THE UNIVERSE NOT CONVINCED? If the knowledge of a God is the most necessary, why is it not the most evident and the clearest?”

– Percy Bysshe Shelley (renowned poet, in his treatise The Necessity of Atheism)