“An atheist loves his fellow man instead of god. An atheist believes that heaven is something for which we should work now – here on earth for all men together to enjoy. An atheist believes that he can get no help through prayer but that he must find in himself the inner conviction and strength to meet life, to grapple with it, to subdue it, and enjoy it. An atheist believes that only in a knowledge of himself and a knowledge of his fellow man can he find the understanding that will help to a life of fulfillment. He seeks to know himself and his fellow man rather than to know a god. An atheist believes that a hospital should be built instead of a church. An atheist believes that a deed must be done instead of a prayer said. An atheist strives for involvement in life and not escape into death. He wants disease conquered, poverty vanquished, war eliminated. He wants man to understand and love man. He wants an ethical way of life. He believes that we cannot rely on a god or channel action into prayer nor hope for an end of troubles in a hereafter. He believes that we are our brother’s keepers and are keepers of our own lives; that we are responsible persons and the job is here and the time is now.”—Definition of atheism given to the Supreme Court of the United States in the case of Murray v. Curlett, 374 U.S. 203, 83 S. Ct. 1560, 10 L.Ed.2d (MD, 1963)
V: Who? Who is but the form following the function of what and what I am is a man in a mask.
Evey Hammond: Well I can see that.
V: Of course you can. I’m not questioning your powers of observation I’m merely remarking upon the paradox of asking a masked man who he is.
Evey Hammond: Oh. Right.
V: But on this most auspicious of nights, permit me then, in lieu of the more commonplace sobriquet, to suggest the character of this dramatis persona.
V: Voilà! In view, a humble vaudevillian veteran, cast vicariously as both victim and villain by the vicissitudes of Fate. This visage, no mere veneer of vanity, is a vestige of the vox populi, now vacant, vanished. However, this valorous visitation of a by-gone vexation, stands vivified and has vowed to vanquish these venal and virulent vermin van-guarding vice and vouchsafing the violently vicious and voracious violation of volition.
V: The only verdict is vengeance; a vendetta, held as a votive, not in vain, for the value and veracity of such shall one day vindicate the vigilant and the virtuous.
V: Verily, this vichyssoise of verbiage veers most verbose, so let me simply add that it’s my very good honor to meet you and you may call me V.
Evey Hammond: Are you like a crazy person?
V: I am quite sure they will say so. But to whom, might I ask, am I speaking with?
Evey Hammond: I’m Evey.
V: Evey? E-V. Of course you are.
Evey Hammond: What does that mean?
V: It means that I, like God, do not play with dice and I don’t believe in coincidences.
So the year starts off with a huge party, then a day to honor a civil rights leader, followed by a groundhog and maybe he’s sees his shadow (maybe not), followed by a day to show your affection, then a day to honor dead presidents, followed by 40 days of possible sacraficing something, which is followed by a day devoted to binge drinking, then there’s a day just for fools, a day for supporting the earth (shouldn’t that be everyday?), then a day to celebrate a resurrection with chocolate laying bunnies, followed by a Mexican holiday to remember freedom from France (France used to conquer?!), then a day just for mothers, followed by two days dedicated for the armed forces, then flag day, I guess we had to give dads a day for themselves, then followed by our celebration of declaring independence, next holiday is for those who work (while not everyone gets that day off work), then a new year (no you dont get two new years parties…this one’s for Jews), then a day of atonement (again don’t worry for Jews too), next is a holiday devoted to a man who didn’t in fact discover America first, then we have one of the best holiday…devoted to giving out candy :), followed by a day devoted to our veterans, then we have a day devoted to stuffing ourselves and (depending on your viewing desires) watching football, which is cut short by a capitalist desire to stomp people to get the last of…well whatever, then the celebration of lights, and finally a day to give the gifts you fought so valiantly for in the hopes it won’t be thrown in your face. I think that’s pretty much sums up our annual holidays.
The concept of yin and yang, of balance, makes the world go round. There cannot be good without the bad. If you go up, you must come down. For fast drivers, there are always slow ones. For every period of calm, there comes a period of chaos. This is the ultimate truth. We innately question and study, so that we may learn to control. But we can’t control everything. There are things that just aren’t meant to control. Recall, your parents trying to control you, and you rebelled, and some chaos ensued. Chaos created the universe. What started out as nothing, emptiness…just the vacuum of space. Then the introduction of hydrogen and helium. Swirling gases collided and exploded. Through this chaos the universe began, then a sort of calm followed. This world from a distance looks chaotic. Little vehicles driving all around, people hurrying here and there…chaos. Electrons, in constant motion, can appear chaotic. For want of peace, we go to war. For want of enlightenment we have religion, but what happens when one religion conflicts with another, and each thinks their religion is right? Chaos. For our efforts to learn and understand and control, we only create more chaos. But a period of calm always comes. That’s the balance. But the balance doesn’t last. The fluctuation of balance is the Ultimate Truth. If there was no bad, there would not be good, there would be contentment….a satisfaction that wouldn’t make us strive for more. There would be no proverbial scale to worry about balancing. It has been pointed out to me that chaos, discontentment, and unhappiness drives invention and progress. Our own free will can create chaos, however, it can also create calm. It makes one wonder where free will comes from. Considering, in the long run, were all just a collection of molecules, like everything else. A mass of atoms bound together, but constantly moving, like a kind of static you can’t see, unless you look really hard. Sounds like the Force. Everyone knows of Star Wars. If Anakin was truly meant to bring balance to the Force, then why did he turn to the Dark Side and become Vader? Because the balance had too long leaned towards the Light Side, as it would be. Then the scale tipped again, in favor of the Dark Side. Once, Luke defeated the emperor, the scales tipped, yet again. Life is in a constant flux. Chaos can be an instrument of change. Evolution is the byproduct of change. The fact that the Moon rotates around the Earth, the Earth rotates around the Sun, this solar system rotates around others in this galaxy, and this galaxy rotates around others in the universe, and etc, only adds to the infinite chaos and calm that will be. Rotation, or cycle, of life; constant movement, constant change. The fact that we are never still, means that they is always flux. Life is like to waves in the ocean. Sometimes fierce, other times calm, but never still. Always moving, sometimes swirling. Even if we find calm here, there will be chaos elsewhere which can affect us. “For every action, there is an equal and opposite action.” Or rather like the butterfly effect, that if a butterfly flaps its wings its effect can be felt somehow on the other side of the world. What’s good for one, may not be good for another. For push, there is pull. There is a constant give and take in life. The ebb and flow. There is always an equivalent exchange, though. Infinite universe infinite flux. For each life born, there is a life taken. Plant life taken for human life, or in any other combination one can think of. It can all be broken down to the basic First Law of Thermodynamics, which states that, “energy cannot be created nor destroyed, only transferred.” So, even though, it may seem that there is a balance implied here, there is, also, still chaos.