I'm the kind of person he wrote this for..
"I'm writing for the kind of person who would rather the doctor told them the truth."
This quote from Richard Dawkins rang true to me. I was in a similar situation a few years back. I was hospitalized. At the time no one was sure exactly what was wrong with me. We had narrowed it down to either a tapeworm ova or a neurological condition. I had done some research, and was pretty sure it was a neurological. My doctor was hoping for the tapwworm (Honestly, because if it was, it was curable - in my opinion). While I was lying in the bed, the priest was wandering around, doing communion. When he came to me and asked me if I wanted his assistance, I just smiled. 'Sir, I thank you for wanting to help. But if you really want to help, go find me a doctor. I have some questions for him.'
'Do you desire communion?'
'No.. those wafers are far from filling.' (fighting the urge to call them crackers or ask for Nacho-cheese flavor)
'Do you accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior?'
'You didn't read my profile, did you?'
'Um.. no.. it's been hectic today..'
'True.' (We had just gotten power back from the 'Great Blackout' of 2003. - as an aside, that was one of the glimmers of hope for the species. There were no mass riots, very few lootings, and we all just DEALT with it. A lot better than Katrina) 'But you should know, I am an Atheist. So I will not be needing connuniuon, prayers, or novenas.'
He looked at me quizzically. 'Don't you fear Hell?'
'Which one? The one with Purgatory and Limbo? The Lake of Fire? The absence of god?'
At which point, my neurologist came in.
'Excuse me. The one who can help me in THIS life is here. We can continue this later if you want'
The minister left. The doctor shook his head and smiled. 'Poor guy.. that's the third person who did that to him today.'
'Hopefully it'll happen more. So.. what's the diagnosis?
I guess I am the kind of person Dawkins wrote this book for.
"Imperious, choleric, irascible, extreme in everything, with a dissolute imagination the like of which has never been seen, atheistic to the point of fanaticism, there you have me in a nutshell.... Kill me again or take me as I am, for I shall not change.