On my way to work today in Chicago I took a detour and stopped off at a local church. I sat there for a while and closed my eyes for a few minutes. I happened to be next to the confessional boxes and some fake flickering candles. The building itself was really impressive, lots of marble, and it was extremely peaceful. I thought to myself, these religious folks actually do have something, you know. If you take away all the words and beliefs and repeated gestures and intolerance for other faiths, etc. and just sit there, thinking, it's quite wonderful. I went off to work feeling much more relaxed than usual (albeit somewhat late...) and the whole day actually went better than usual. Maybe I will do that again someday. It made me wonder though, if atheists could provide something like that - a quite place to go and just sit and think (or maybe even have a cup of tea?), how nice would that be? If there are any rich atheists in Chicago, how about it? A small room would be just fine. If not, I guess I'll just continue to usurp churches and hope nobody guesses that I am a "godless infidel".