The summer heat has passed! YEAH!!! And now I can renew my worship of the sun.
Hold the phone, an atheist....worshiping....the sun?
First- atheists don't worship things right?
Let me consult my trusty atheist bible: the source of all knowledge, wisdom and morality for atheists everywhere...Oh that's right, there isn't just one source for knowledge, wisdom, and morality. Well then, instead of consulting the source of all knowledge etc..., let me instead consult a source of knowledge- my trusty dictionary. Oh mighty dictionary, do atheists worship?
1)reverent love and respect for a deity or sacred object
2)love or devotion (ardent attachment or affection) to a person or thing
So- do I, atheist that I am, worship the sun? Well let's see, I am drawn to patches of sunlight; I enjoy sitting in the sun's rays and feeling it on my face and through my clothes; I love watching it shine on my hair; and I become melancholy if the sun hides its face from me on long overcast days.
Second- If I like the sun so much, why wait until the season of the sun is over to enjoy it?
There's really a simple and quite rational explanation for this shocking idea. I'm a very fair-skinned red-head and I burn very quickly in the summer sun. When I step outside in a short sleeved shirt the sun on my forearms feels as if it is burning my skin right then and there, a most unpleasant sensation. But the rest of the year, as the sun is in retreat, ohhhhhh the sensation of sun on bare skin is exquisite, the most delicious sense of being warmed from the outside.
I've got a south facing bay window and the sun beats in so wonderfully during the fall and winter. I spent an hour playing Go Fish with my son while lying in a pool of sunlight. Aaahhh to be able to enjoy the heat again without feeling like I am going to get crispy around the edges.