I’ve gone back several times and re-read this quote that Cynical-C posted from Robert Ingersoll. I wanted to share it:
I would not for my life destroy one star of human hope, but I want it so that when a poor woman rocks the cradle and sings a lullaby to the dimpled darling, she will not be compelled to believe that ninety-nine chances in a hundred she is raising kindling wood for hell.
– Robert Green Ingersoll, “How To Be Saved” (1880)
If you aren’t a regular-reader of Cynical-C, I recommend it. He stopped doing these daily doses for a while, but has recently reinstated it as a staple.