Memory and Cooper

klj at sccs.swarthmore.edu klj at sccs.swarthmore.edu
Tue Oct 21 14:40:00 EDT 2003


Hmm. . . I wonder if I'm misremembering what I read in her
autobiographical piece, or if she changed her mind. . . .
                                     ---Kyra

> On Cooper's beliefs, it might be useful to quote the conclusion of her
> 2001 Arbuthnot Lecture:
>
> "Me, I haven't the absolute certainty necessary to be either a
> Christian or an atheist: I am, I suppose, an agnostic. *Agnostic:
> unknowing.* I do not know - why, or how, or who.
>    "I only know that we are here in this astonishing universe,
>    surrounded
> by beauty and love and anger and cruelty, and that the whole thing is a
> profound mystery. And that I'm grateful, in the fog of this mystery,
> for loving and for talent: for the chance to be able to tell stories to
> children, about life and death and new life, stories that say, at their
> heart: *Look at this wonder!*
>    "The stories may not be founded upon faith, but I think they're full
>    of
> hope.
>    "Maybe hope will do."
>
> Charlie
>
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