Generally... my world view is vastly more optimistic than it was back in 1988! Back then..... frankly I doubted that I would still even be alive in the year 2021. Everything that I write is somewhat flawed..... because my understanding of the truly big and important questions is also flawed..... I am somewhat ignorant...... even on the topics that I am most well informed on..... but I now have hope that Atheists are in an amazing position to broker a vastly increased level of cooperation between Jews, Christians and Muslims....... based on the way that Atheists respond to the across the board unusual experience of "near death experiences." I have heard Mr. Dannion Brinkley refer to himself as an "Atheist" but.... he has done a pretty amazing job of assisting religious people, especially in the USA military, to find some common ground as they listen to his fascinating lectures on what he feels happened to him during his several brushes with death.