I just finished reading, "The God Delusion" by Richard Dawkins. It is one of those rare and wonderful books that that urges an immediate re-read. At this point, I have gone from a faithful believer to an agnostic. With my next reading, I might take the daring leap into full blown atheism. I was once a guy that read Tarot cards, believed in angels, played with pendulums and spent a fortune on books like "The Secret". I now have no doubt that all of that stuff is at best, a fun distraction and at worst, a dangerous delusion. I feel like my eyes are opening to a new level of personal truth and with that truth, ironically perhaps, my long-time depression is slowly dissolving and a boyhood sense of scientific wonder is re-appearing.
More and more, I want to get out of Los Angeles. I feel like it is no place for an intellectual. Whatever class it once had seems to have vanished into a Santa Ana wind. The black ties and evening gowns of Old Hollywood has given way to Juicy Couture and Juice Bars. Trader Vics and The Brown Derby have become Baja Fresh and Pinkberry. Yoga mats have steamrolled over all the red carpets. Fads are the new classic. I want to get into a time machine and never come back, not to the past but to an alternate future where we use iPods in our Edsels. I am a vintage futurist.
Suddenly, I feel my age and if the average life expectancy of the American male is 72, I am precisely half-way to the end.
(Note: The nuns are the brilliant work of Oleg Dau)