Well, you might want to avoid my writings on religion and atheism. As I say in an upcoming article on the Ontological Argument, God may be a “necessary being” not so much metaphysically but socially. Most people, at least, need to worship something, to identify with something more comforting and majestic than anything found in nature.

At your age, I don’t know if it makes sense to start challenging your deeply held religious beliefs. Of course this raises a big question: If some of our beliefs are delusions but they make us happy, and the truth is horrific, should we sacrifice our happiness in coming to know the truth? The fact is that the population naturally divides itself into the minority of philosophical-minded people who do so sacrifice their happiness in contemplating the void, and the masses that live more or less in a fantasy land.

It’s not really my business, but I’d suggest that you go slow when it comes to philosophical reading. Maybe focus on the criticisms of society and politics, not so much on anti-religious writings. Remember that I warned you about my writings: I don’t pull punches, so they’re not for everyone.

Knowledge condemns. Art redeems. I learned that as an artistic writer who did a doctorate in philosophy. We should try to see the dark comedy in all things.

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