Dean Clough

December 25, 2023

Portico Darwin: An Atheist's Wish at Christmas


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Merry Christmas!  I wrote this last year, and plan on using it each year, with an occasional update.
As I've mentioned once or twice, I am a proud atheist. 

But - and let me be clear - I don't care what you believe or don't believe.  Are you fair?  Honest?  Grateful?  Curious?  Fun?  Productive?  GOOD ENOUGH!  Please continue with your patronage of your synagogue, church, mosque, or whatever it might be.  I am 100% on board with anything that makes you happy, and - get this:  it's not my business in the first place.

But of course, it works both ways, so please don't hate me at Christmas or ever because I'm an atheist.

And I like to trumpet sacrilege like this every year because, in fact, I love Christmas.  It's true.  Like almost everyone else, I can't get enough of the spirit that is factually in the air now.

On to perhaps the true meaning of Christmas.  Cadillac's for Christmas for everyone?

No, to this atheist, the true meaning of Christmas is peace.

And from what I've heard, I believe Jesus Christ would be just fine with that.

At Christmas 2022, I visited the interesting Cooper Hewitt Design Museum, a part of The Smithsonian Institution, located on the Upper East Side of Manhattan.  At the time, they were featuring an exhibit called "Designing Peace", and I thought it was just the right material for this day. 

I still do.  For believers and non-believers alike.

I hope you'll take a few quiet moments and consider its message.

Designing Peace

  • Well-Functioning Government
  • Equitable Resource Distribution
  • Free Flow of Information
  • Good Relations with Neighbors
  • Education, Skills, and Innovation
  • Acceptance of the Rights of Others
  • Low Level of Corruption
  • Sound Business Environment

I wish you a very Merry Christmas.  Here is to peace everywhere in the world in 2024.

And thank you for being my friend or family or reader or whatever you are - I sincerely appreciate our relationship. 

Much love from glorious Hoboken.



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Here, on the finest holiday recording ever produced, is Vince Guaraldi and his beyond-Diamond Certified masterpiece A Charlie Brown Christmas.

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