Dear Richard Dawkins,
It is with the utmost gratitude that I write this letter, and though I find it doubtful that your eyes may actually read this letter, I still wish to write it anyway.
I am currently a mere high school student, and was raised in a Muslim household. From as far back as I could remember, I’ve been fascinated by the world, particularly by cosmology and physics. I am a natural-born asker of questions, and I never quite felt satisfied with the religious drivel that I was taught as “truth”; of course, I cannot say that I was never religious. I was, and to this day, my religious upbringing influences my somewhat traditionalist attitude toward the family. However, I am an avowed atheist, and this is thanks to you.
Your books and your interviews, lectures, and everything else, have helped satisfy my hunger for knowledge and have also helped to instill in me a great appreciation of empiricism; because of you, I have a deep love of science and of the scientific method, and the sound, empirical backbone upon which it rests. Because of you, I am able to open my eyes to the great potential that this world has to offer, and the complex beauty that it contains which requires no designer or creator.
I must say, it is only a shame that men such as yourself do not wield political authority; unfortunately, we must make do with either religious fanatics, or otherwise moronic, pointless politicians who contribute nothing scientific.
Thank you once again, Richard Dawkins! My dream is to study physics or biochemistry at university and hopefully, one day, contribute as much to science as you have.