I believe in the primacy of science,
to provide a framework for life,
a reason for being.
I believe in the total adequacy of evolution by natural selection
to produce the visible world,
to enable the beauty and complexity of nature.
I believe in what I can see, what I can touch,
in the tangible, the physical, the realistic,
in the absolute arbitration of hard scientific evidence.
I believe in the goodness of humankind,
in the evolution of man,
in the evolving capacity to conquer war, famine, disease,
to evolve to perfection,
through the power of intellect and reason.
I believe in me,
in my innate ability, in my mind,
in my own ability to solve my problems,
in my own moral standards.
I believe I only remain in the world as a fading trace,
as a memory of my friends,
as web pages traced on the Internet, a Googled ego,
as fading books in a library,
as rusting artefacts, buried, discovered,
as a look in the eyes of my children.
I believe in the finality of death,
the rotting of the body,
ashes to ashes, dust to dust,
star’s atoms returned to space.
I believe in nothing.
.......................................................... Neil McBRIDE