Ricky Gervais presented a well-written piece on why he is an atheist last month in the Wall Street Journal. He also responded to some questions and his response to the question “How do you plan on celebrating Christmas?” was striking to me:
Eating and drinking too much with friends and family. Celebrating life and remembering those that did, but can no longer.
They are not looking down on me but they live in my mind and heart more than they ever did probably. Some, I was lucky enough to bump into on this planet of six billion people. Others shared much of my genetic material. One selflessly did her best for me all my life. That’s what mums do though. They do it for no other reason than love. Not for reward. Not for recognition. They create you. From nothing. Miracle? They do those every day. No big deal. They are not worshiped. They would give their life without the promise of heaven. They teach you everything they know yet they are not declared prophets. And you only have one.
I am crying as I write this.
He goes on in that answer with a touching anecdote about his mother that is worth reading.