”With or without religion,” he said, ”you would have good people doing good things and evil people doing evil things. But for good people to do evil things, that takes religion.”
You have to accept it, because it’s the way nature works. If you wanna know the way nature works, you look at it carefully, and that’s the way it looks! You don’t like it? Go somewhere else! To another universe, where the rules are simpler, philosophically more pleasing, psychologically easy. I can’t help it, ok? If I’m gonna tell you honestly what the world looks like, I can only tell you what it looks like, I cannot make it any simpler, I’m not gonna fake it . . .
It doesn’t seem to me that this fantastically marvelous universe, this tremendous range of time and space and different kinds of animals, and all the different planets, and all these atoms with all their motions, and so on, all this complicated thing can merely be a stage so that God can watch human beings struggle for good and evil — which is the view that religion has. The stage is too big for the drama.