Contrary to all the inspiration behind this world’s great songs, poetry, and literature, Phillip Kitcher, the John Dewey Professor of Philosophy at Columbia, a man smarter than most, counsels us that in our pursuit of knowledge that we “don’t ask ‘What is life?’ instead consider “the various activities in which living organisms engage and try to give a piecemeal understanding of these.”

In other words, we should only pursue fragmented knowledge and chase it hither and thither, in our mad rush to an end of nothingness, never asking larger questions than that that describes a particular action or function. Oh how cold, stark and depressing is the new morality and it’s ends. Where is the need for faith and hope at the end of lonelines, pain and loss? Is our only recourse more laws and more bureaucracy? Is it any wonder, as Steve Martin’s aptly named titled song states why ‘Atheists Don’t Have No Songs’.