by Martin Baena
Characters: A, S
Setting: A train station.
A garbled public announcement. A and S mill around on the platform.
S: …well, that’s nice. That’s nice: good for you.
A: Thank you.
S: You do, I suppose, a lot of travelin’ then…
A: Oh yeah.
S: A great deal of it.
A: Lemme tell ya: I’m beat.
S: So it’s a book then…
A: Yes, that’s the goal. A book.
S: To get a book out of this…
S: …about atheism.
A: That’s right…
S: But what about atheism…?
A: Oh, right, about finding meaning in atheism.
S: Like a… bible.
S: A little like a bible.
S: Then what exactly?
A: I guess a little like a bible. Without god.
S: Sure. Of course.
S: But he does come up?
A: God? Yes. Yes, in passing.
S: In passing.
A: That’s right.
S: Huh. What’s it called?
A: Well, we don’t have a title for the book yet.
S: Might I make a suggestion.
S: Fair enough.
A: Can I ask you a question?
A: A personal question?
A: Are you an atheist or a theist?
S: Huh. I guess… I guess I’m secular.
A: More agnostic then I guess.
S: I don’t know. I would say secular.
S: God doesn’t really concern me.
A: But you believe in him?
S: Well, well, I don’t care. It doesn’t matter to me.
A: But don’t you think it matters whether he exists or not?
S: To some people it matters a great deal.
A: Yes, exactly.
S: But not to me.
A: So he doesn’t…
S: Or she.
A:Right, right. – He or she just doesn’t matter?
S: I don’t care to debate it. Much the same way, I suppose, I do not debate the existence of any deity.
S: It’s not for us to know.
S: Human beings.
A: We cannot know.
S: It’s impossible. We may never know.
A: In death, perhaps.
S: Even in death.
A: So you’re not worried about it?
S: Not really.
A: About death…
S: Oh, no. Oh: death scares the shit out of me. Death is real; if you’re looking for something to worship, it’s that. Worship death.
A: That’s a little cynical.
S: Everything dies. That’s fact.
S: Until then…
The train approaches.
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