I LOVE JOHN STUART MILL!!! You are the first other person I've ever heard quote him or reference him. Beautiful.
Nice to have another free thinking vet around, thank you! That whole "no atheists in foxholes" thing has always really pissed me off. It's like saying, "we all give up in the end" or some such rubbish, when really those without a god are the ones who are least likely to give up...we don't have a mythical playground to graduate to, only the lives we live.
Anyways, thank you so much for your service, and for your lucid thoughts!!