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53,166.  The total amount of suffering per year in the natural world is beyond all decent contemplation.  During the minute that it takes me to compose this sentence, thousands of animals are being eaten alive, many others are running for their lives, whimpering with fear, others are slowly being devoured from within by rasping parasites, thousands of all kinds are dying of starvation, thirst, and disease.  It must be so.  If there ever is a time of plenty, this very fact will automatically lead to an increase in the population until the natural state of starvation and misery is restored.  In a universe of electrons and selfish genes, blind physical forces and genetic replication, some people are going to get hurt, other people are going to get lucky, and you won’t find any rhyme or reason in it, nor any justice.  The universe that we observe has precisely the properties we should expect if there is, at bottom, no design, no purpose, no evil, no good, nothing but pitiless indifference.  (Creationism & Intelligent Design & Evolution & Meaning of Life & Luck & Cruelty & Starvation & Suffering)  Richard Dawkins, River Out of Eden: A Darwinian View of Life

 

 

210.  I often get letters, quite frequently, from people who say how they like the programmes a lot, but I never give credit to the almighty power that created nature.  To which I reply and say, ‘Well, it's funny that the people, when they say that this is evidence of the Almighty, always quote beautiful things.  They always quote orchids and hummingbirds and butterflies and roses.’  But I always have to think too of a little boy sitting on the banks of a river in West Africa who has a worm boring through his eyeball, turning him blind before he’s five years old.  And I reply and say, ‘Well, presumably the God you speak about created the worm as well.’  And now I find that baffling to credit a merciful God with that action.  And therefore it seems to me safer to show things that I know to be truth, truthful and factual, and allow people to make up their own minds about the moralities of this thing, or indeed the theology of this thing.  (God & Nature & Cruelty & Suffering)  David Attenborough, Life on Air

 

 

226.  God’s inhumanity to man makes countless thousands mourn.  (God & Cruelty & God’s Fascism)  Mark Twain, notebook 1898

 

 

228.  The best minds will tell you that when a man has begotten a child he is morally bound to tenderly care for it, protect it from hurt, shield it from disease, clothe it, feed it, bear with its waywardness, lay no hand upon it save in kindness and for its own good, and never in any case inflict upon it a wanton cruelty.  God’s treatment of his earthly children, every day and every night, is the exact opposite of all that, yet those best minds warmly justify these crimes, condone them, excuse them, and indignantly refuse to regard them as crimes at all, when he commits them.  Your country and mine is an interesting one, but there is nothing there that is half so interesting as the human mind.  (God & Children & Cruelty & Crime & Mind)  Mark Twain, Letter from the Earth
 

 

263.  It’s childish to blame God for things that are going wrong.  It’s idiotic ... We don’t think that God designed us and the universe after all, and if he did, he did it with such cruel ineptitude.  (God & Blame & Creationism & Cruelty)  Christopher Hitchens v Mark Roberts 2007

 

 

276.  The planner must be either very capricious, really toying with his creation ... or very cruel and very callous or just perhaps very different, or some combination of all of the above.  (God & Plan & Evolution & Creationism & Cruelty)  Christopher Hitchens, lecture 6th October 2009

 

 

283.  The tremendous wastefulness of it.  The tremendous cruelty of it.  The tremendous caprice of it.  The tremendous tinkering and incompetence of it.  Never mind.  At least we’re here.  (God & Waste & Cruelty & Control & God’s Fascism)  Christopher Hitchens

 

 

284.  Once you assume a creator and a plan it makes us objects in a cruel experiment whereby we are created sick and commanded to be well ... And over us to supervise this is installed a celestial dictatorship, a kind of divine North Korea.  (God & Creation & Evolution & Cruel & Sick & Dictatorship & North Korea & God's Fascism)  Christopher Hitchens v Tony Blair: Is Religion a Force for Good in the World?  2010

 

 

933.  Belief in a cruel God makes a cruel man.  (Belief & God & Cruel & God’s Fascism)  Thomas Paine

 

 

11,790.  Whenever we read the obscene stories, the voluptuous debaucheries, the cruel and tortuous executions, the unrelenting vindictiveness with which more than half the Bible is filled, it would be more consistent that we call it the word of a demon than the word of God.  It is a history of wickedness that has served to corrupt and brutalize mankind.  (Bible & Cruelty & Old Testament & God & God’s Fascism)  Thomas Paine, The Age of Reason

 

 

11,791.  It is from the Bible that man has learned cruelty, rapine and murder.  For the belief in a cruel God makes a cruel man.  And the Bible is a history of wickedness that has served to corrupt and brutalise mankind.  (Bible & Old Testament & Cruel & God & God’s Fascism)  Thomas Paine

 

 

27,523.  Cruelty impresses, people want to be afraid of something ... The masses need that.  (Nazi & Cruelty)  Adolf Hitler, Mein Kampf

 

 

32,472.  Those cruelties we may say are well employed, if it be permitted to speak well of things evil, which are done once for all under the necessity of self-preservation, and are not afterwards persisted in, but so far as possible modified to the advantage of the governed.  Ill-employed cruelties, on the other hand, are those which from small beginnings increase rather than diminish with time.  They who follow the first of these methods, may, by the grace of God and man, find, as did Agathocles, that their condition is not desperate; but by no possibility can the others maintain themselves.  (King & Monarch & Prince & Advice & Cruelty)  Niccolo Machiavelli, The Prince chIII   

 

 

52,089.  People speak sometimes about the ‘bestial’ cruelty of man, but that is terribly unjust and offensive to beasts, no animal could ever be so cruel as a man, so artfully, so artistically cruel.  (Animals & Cruelty)  Fyodor Dostoyevsky

 

 

52,099.  He who is cruel to animals becomes hard also in his dealings with men.  We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals.  (Animals & Cruelty)  Immanuel Kant

 

 

68,950.  This most humane of men in ancient times has a streak of cruelty.  Friedrich Nietzsche

 

 

68,971.  Man is the cruellest animal.  Friedrich Nietzsche

 

 

87,437.  To see others suffer does one good, to make others suffer even more: this is a hard saying but an ancient, mighty, human, all-too-human principle ... Without cruelty there is no festival.  (Sadomasochism & Suffering & Cruelty)  Friedrich Nietzsche, On the Genealogy of Morals/Ecce Hom   

 

 

68,951.  Cruelty is fed not weakened by tears.  (Cruelty & Tears)  Pubililius Syrus

 

 

68,952.  Cruelty and fear shake hands together.  (Cruelty & Fear)  Honor de Balzac

 

 

47,240.  The infliction of cruelty with a good conscience is a delight to moralists.  That is why they invented Hell.  (Hell & Cruelty)  Bertrand Russell

 

 

9,653.  Fear is the main source of superstition, and one of the main sources of cruelty.  To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom.  (Fear & Superstition & Wisdom & Cruelty)  Bertrand Russell, Unpopular Essays

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