Gifts are given. Are they not? When Christmas or birthdays come along, children (and even some adults) eagerly anticipate their gifts. Filled with uncontrollable excitement, children count the days and the hours. They can’t wait to get their hands on the “gifts” that someone has taken the time to create or to purchase, wrap, and freely give to someone.
Gifts are given and received.
Can life be considered a gift? Atheist, Richard Dawkins, believes so.
During an interview with The Guardian back in 2011, atheist Richard Dawkins made it clear that life is something that has been given to us. Answering a question regarding the field of science and its role in life, and whether it is accurate to perceive scientists as “desiccate” and “dry”, Dawkins, alive and impassioned, quickly disagreed.
“Science is wonderful! Science is amazing! The fact that you can understand why you exist, who could not be turned on? Who could not be excited by that? Who would ever want to live in a world where you live your life, go to work, go to the office, or whatever it is, go to the football match….this goes on year after year and then you die…and you don’t have an understanding of why you were there in the first place? That’s desiccated. That’s dry.”
For Dawkins – according to his own statement – there is much more to life than simply existing. There is a greater, more profound meaning. Remember, he says, “The fact that you can understand why you exist.”
Dawkins believes it would be a horrible thing to live life not “understanding why you were here in the first place”.
He doesn’t tell us, exactly, why we exist – in his view. However, he knows that there is a reason or a meaning beyond the trivial, the routine, and the mundane.
Yet, if all we are, are biological beings, at the same level as lizards, chimps, and zebras, as evolutionists like himself regularly proclaim, what other reason – beyond surviving – can there possibly be?
“What is not dry and desiccated is coming into the world, as it were, awakening in the world, and awakening in the fullest sense….of…seeing the universe, seeing the stars, seeing down a microscope, seeing what’s inside every single cell, seeing what’s inside the brain….and marveling at this wonderful gift of life that we have…albeit temporary…marveling at this gift of understanding, why we exist and rejoicing in it for as long as we do exist.”
Richard Dawkins stated that life is a “wonderful gift”. Remember, gifts are given to someone by someone. If life is a gift, who then is the “giver”?
Or could it be that “the gift” is merely the product of itself? If it’s a product of itself, why would it want to give itself to someone else? There is no intelligence behind this self-replicating gift, so why would it be compelled to “give” itself to another entity outside of itself?
Not only does Mr. Dawkins believe quite passionately that life is a “wonderful gift” but it is a gift worth “marveling”. It is absolutely amazing and he recognizes this, which is why he insists that living life simply going through the motions is an absolute waste. Life is a gift, he insists.
Can humans take credit for this gift? Few would answer this in the affirmative.
For Dawkins, it seems that just about everything is worthy of our “marvel”: the universe, the stars, microscopic particles, cells, the brain….
Yet, if we are to take seriously the claims that evolutionists make, that human life is merely the result of a random, purposeless, cosmic accident, why bother “marveling” at our surroundings? We’re wasting our time because it is all meaningless. Instead, why not live like other animals, concerned only about eating, mating, resting, and surviving?
Richard Dawkins clearly recognizes life as a “wonderful gift” to be marveled, but apparently, cannot get himself to recognize and thank the Giver of this gift.
Will Richard Dawkins ever give credit where credit is due, or will he die insisting that absolute nothingness is more than capable of creating the vastly complex and marvelous universe that surrounds him?
If you spend half of the calendar year living in Alaska and the other half of the year living in Antarctica, does that make you bipolar? = )