And we dance to the music of pitiless indifference 


“In a universe of blind physical forces and genetic replication, some people are going to get hurt, other people are going to get lucky, and you won’t find any rhyme or reason in it, or any justice.

The universe that we observe has precisely the properties we should expect if there is, at bottom, no design, no purpose, no evil and no good, nothing but blind, pitiless indifference… DNA neither knows nor cares.

DNA just is.

And we dance to its music.”

Richard Dawkins, River Out of Eden: A Darwinian View of Life (1995)

If we have an impoverished worldview

That fails to embrace all of reality’s nuances

It means that

In the end

All we can do is


So we dance

To the music of pitiless indifference

Into endless darkness

Into oblivion

To the drumbeat of horrid doubt

We dance

We don’t get hurt

We don’t get lucky

We just dance…


Categories: Atheism, Christianity

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4 replies

  1. Ironic that even in this most nihilistic statement, Dawkins uses music and dance to make his point. Two of the most designed, purposeful activities that one can engage in, used to illustrate both evil and good, and to evoke both rational thoughts and raw emotions. Seems like a poor analogy to use for pitiless indifference.

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  2. Still good post, I’m glad you reshared this

    Liked by 1 person

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