Tribute to Richard Dawkins: We Are Going to Die
Tribute to Richard Dawkins We Are Going to Die

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Richard Dawkins reads from his book 'Unweaving the Rainbow' "We are going to die, and that makes us the lucky ones. Most people are never going to die because they are never going to be born. The potential people who could have been here in my place but who will in fact never see the light of day outnumber the sand grains of Sahara. Certainly those unborn ghosts include greater poets than Keats, scientists greater than Newton. We know this because the set of possible people allowed by our DNA so massively exceeds the set of actual people. In the teeth of these stupefying odds it is you and I, in our ordinariness, that are here."

Comments

GirlDoesRant : This was incredibly beautiful.

Analytical Atheist : Personally, I find this more comforting than any religious view of death. I feel infinitely lucky to be here, and this video makes me feel motivated. The world isn't always pretty, but there was never any promise that it is. And I don't have to live with the fact that my friend is in hell.

Seantorky3 : I want this to be read at my funeral.

vijay singh kunwar : I find his voice so soothing.....

Matthew Whitehouse : Such a beautifully coloured and lyrical speech. Dawkins is an excellent writer.

Waternigga : Somewhere out there an alien is taking a shit waiting to be smelled.

Scott Stapp : This is the most contrived way to say YOLO I've ever seen. 

5aral : well, i didn't ask to born. sips rat poison*

RebelSeb : Such beautiful words. Fit for a eulogy.

Austin Garrison : It will be sad when he dies. Let's pray that Richard lives another 100 years ;)

Niki Wonoto : ..but then our beautiful planet is ironically & sadly being destroyed now by many greedy capitalists & business & corporate just only for the sake of Money & Profits...! it's depressing,..but it's the sad truth/reality..

Josaphat Pineda : One of my favorite quotes from Richard Dawkins himself.

Mayan Espiritu : Didn't know Dawkins was a poet... Simply briliant

Chiba Sophie Cha : this speech is in Nightwish's new album

truth_seeker : Simply one of the best speeches ever.

Gediminas Jesinas : Dawkins is has to be damn good writer.

Lily Faiiry : Love that the starting quote made it into the Nightwish song (spoken by Dawkins himself) "The Greatest Show on Earth". Go listen to it, this quote is at 18m 9s in. So beautiful.

commandoslayer : Everytime I think about death I watch this video.

Ekvitarius : Anyone else tear up?

Kanzu999 : Such an amazing video... it always really motivates me to get a better understanding of the Universe and why we are here.

Emily : LMAO IS THAT A CHURCH CHOIR PLAYING IN THE BACKGROUND

Neil kenny Kenny : When my eyes close forever (Hopefully not for a long time yet) id love this beautifully written piece to be read at my secular funeral.

Sam Sampe : hardest "try not to cry challenge" for me

Radical Humanist : This video made me weep. I never experienced such an emotion. Thank you Richard, thank you.

Ali74 : Completely changes your perspective. Incredible video

SPL-316 : I feel terrible I don't know who this man is. Who is he? He's dead?

Christy Hedges : So beautiful!

darkwoodmovies : The Greatest Show on Earth brought me here.

Jim, TWICE's pet gerbil : FYI The background music is Gabriel Fauré's Cantique de Jean Racine.

Carla McCujo : Incredibly beautiful :') thanks a lot for putting this video online! 

white plum tree : I'm Christian, and I disagree with Dawkins about the afterlife and the soul. But on other things I agree almost completely with every point he makes (they are impossible to refute!). This video was beautiful, and moved me to tears. I am definitely going to read that book of his.

All that is now : The truth relating to conscious life has been revealed, for the first time in mankind's history we can know how life works. There have been a lot of books that say what is true but this is the first book that just says what the evidence says is true. We all have to live and die so the truth about it concerns us all. Nothing could be more important or worthwhile than checking the truth for yourself. Google *_Truth Contest_* and check out the top entry.

neverumindwho : Having an existential crisis this week; this video has helped a lot, thanks.

LPArabia : Is it a logical fallacy to ask that you have a choice to be born or to exist in first place? Sometimes I wonder if I had this option with a life/afterlife having a probability 50/50 for being happy or miserable. I'd rather not to exist in first place.

Brett Kerlin : Awesome video! Does anybody know the name of the music playing in the background?

Immortal Cosmoterran : We are privileged not just to understand why our eyes are open in the short time before they close forever, as Dawkins correctly says, but to begin understanding the cellular processes which cause them to close forever so quickly, so that we or future generations will be able to keep eyes open indefinitely. Organizations such as Human Longevity, Inc., Google Calico, the Strategies for Engineered Negligible Senescence Foundation, and the Buck Institute for Research on Aging are working toward this goal, and for those who don't live to see it realized, there's the backup plan of cryostasis, which may enable people to be revived once aging is cured.

kaz9781 : wait so our dna allows for more people to be here than actual people alive? so i dont have to be here right now? someone. else could be here in my place?

Timothy Clarke : WHO WROTE THE MUSIC IN THE BACKGROUND?! Please identify the track.

Twoofer Derper : We have people that are protesting this man to go on shows saying his Islamophobic. The brilliance of Richard Dawkins will be echoed for generations to come.

EL MEXICANO MALCOLM X : richard dawkins if I had the resources I'd follow your ways our oppressed American government educational system is a bunch of horseshit when it comes down to physics

witch5884 : why did he have to "read from his book"? and before someone tears me an "new one" ...I was only asking...

Nate Thomas : More chilling and honest and poetic than any religious text available today. 

Aldo Pinto : wow... I almost cried!

Duane Ricardo : Absolutely beautifully written and read by the brilliant Mr Dawkins... Love the guy

studyhistory2ctruth : Song please?

John : Life is great until you realize it's utter absurdity

arsnova03 : If we were not alive, we wouldn't even be capable of perceiving anything. To be interested is a subjective experience, how can something be interesting without a functioning brain processing it?

ediel141 : Or the most evil person alive. Your point is invalid.

bluefootedpig : True, but unless we know what DNA will result in a bad person vs a good person, then any abortion could in theory be aborting the smartest person alive. I know he isn't talking about it, and I am twisting his words, but you hopefully can see how a more fundamentalist could twist it. Merely saying something like this isn't proof in itself, because the same mentality can be taken by the direct opposition.