I don’t claim that you will hear it first on SocraticMama. Scooping the latest story is not my forte, so you have most likely already heard about the proposed “Temple to Atheism” that Alain de Botton is proposing.
And, I don’t usually express strong opinions on anything other than the evils of spanking. But I just don’t like it.
Seems wrong. Sticks in my craw.
See, I’m your average atheist-housewife and until last week I’d never heard of this guy. No disrespect intended. My ignorance I’m sure, but suddenly he’s everywhere. Case in point, in the Guardian’s piece on the “Temple to Nothingism” it is Alain de Bolton’s photo, not the architect’s renderings that grace the prose. The article doesn’t even mention if de Bolton is working as part of a group or flying solo.
I would love it, to be sure, if our local Humanist group didn’t have to meet in the dingiest community center in the city. Find some nice digs. However, the Temple doesn’t even appear to have meeting rooms or any practical use areas. It is more an spiritual experience:
[...] De Botton revealed details of a temple to evoke more than 300m years of life on earth. Each centimetre of the tapering tower’s interior has been designed to represent a million years and a narrow band of gold will illustrate the relatively tiny amount of time humans have walked the planet. The exterior would be inscribed with a binary code denoting the human genome sequence.
And why London? Aren’t there enough cool things to do and see already? How about Oklahoma? They could use a tourist attraction.
Sounds like a vanity project and a waste of money. Can I get an amen?