Dear Mr. Dawkins
I am sorry to directly go against what seems to be specific instructions not to message this email unless it is business related, but my futile attempts at finding an email at which to reach you at have bested me; I hope whoever reads this would do me the kind favor of passing this on to Richard as I am in his debt.
Let me start this off by saying that I am 18 and my name is Hunter, I grew up in literally the most average of domiciles but the important detail is everyone in my house (Brother,Sister, and Mother) are all religious/believe in a god. All of my friends and school mates had also adopted some god. I remember in the 7th grade (a year of intense bullying) my language arts class had jumped on the subject of religion and I was the only atheist in the room. The most popular kid in the class replied with, “You don’t believe in god?!?” and I was alienated, I felt outcasted by society. I knew at a relatively young age (13-14) that something was not right in my schooling. I was shamed and urged to keep my mouth shut almost everyday of middle school in science class because I was genuinely curious about what we were being taught, but nobody else cared. This pattern kept on into high school, so much so that I started to doubt the evidence in front of me. I began to live my life thinking that an omnipotent, omniscient being was watching my every move and I took every coincidence as a sign from “god”. My life became confusing and I filled with depression, with a constant uncertainty with everything around me. Around halfway through my freshman year I found Philosophy, this gave me new found hope and sparked what is now a violent flame of passion to understand the world around me. I began understanding the self and reason, with the tools of reason I could now defend myself from superstition. But… there was always that uncertainty, the chance that there really could be a god. I had always known your name, Richard, but I had no idea as to who you were, only to come to realize that you’re a renown biologist of sorts. I found your book “The god delusion” in Barnes and nobles and I thought “why not” and bought it that day and began reading.
Never in my entire life have I ever read such a compelling book as this, to think that a book could change my life the way this has. I am forever in your debt for my life has become pure and with purpose again. I share these inner thoughts of mine with you because you helped connect the dots for me, Richard. I have never seen such impervious logic, such an elegant display of education. Rejoice, for you are curing the world of sickness, the enemies of reason. Thank you for all your contributions and hard work, thank you for your brilliance Mr. Dawkins.
PS: I made a Twitter so that I may follow your thoughts and I see that you have recently gone through some health issues and although this does nothing, I hope you make a full recovery.
-Hunter K from Clearwater, FL