The Cure, imagine there’s no religion

The story of my latest novel

Six years ago, Julia and I attended a party of fellow skeptics. Skeptics, like everyone else, enjoy a goodtime and a drink every now and then. Skeptics might not be enamored by virgin births or untestable emotional energies, but we do like a drink. At this vivacious gathering we were all chatting and sharing each other’s company when a thought popped into my mind: “what if there was no religion?” Perhaps I’d drunk just a little too much and was having just a little too much of an enjoyable time. However, after the thought manifested itself it never left me.

Six years later and my new novel “The Cure” is almost finished. It is in the final round of editing and polishing as I write this. During these last six years, I wrote other books and made several films, but that indelible thought would not leave me. It followed me about like a stalker prowling around in my mind occasionally surfacing and causing me to imagine a world where there was no religion. What would this world be like and more importantly what would we be like?

Although the thought never left me over this ocean of time I did fall in and out of love with the idea of writing this book. At times the task seemed simple and within reach and at other times it seemed a herculean chore and well outside my meager capabilities. But, I persisted and persevered. I fought hard against the many periods I grew overwhelmed by the endeavor, put the work away many times, but always I eventually came back to it a new.

This love-hate, on-off, relationship went on, and on, and on for the last six long years. Six years does seem like a very long time, but when you’re sixty years young it is surprising how fast time can pass.

At times I felt just like the character Jack Torrance from Stanley Kubrick’s masterpiece film the Shinning. Isolated by my typewriter (computer) but endlessly busy writing, writing, and writing. In the film Jack was able to produce only: “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.” I hope my work is more substantial than this.

I’ll keep you posted on the progress of my new novel and let you know when it’s available. Do read it and let me know what you think.

Title: The Cure, imagine there’s no religion

Author: David Millett

ISBN-13: 978-1985265226

ISBN-10: 1985265222

BISAC Category: Fiction / Science Fiction / Genetic Engineering

Search Keywords: Religion, Truth, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Adventure, Theosophy

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Throughout the known history of humanity, we have believed in supernatural beings. Archaeologists have found apparent intentional burial sites from as early as three hundred thousand years ago, which they have interpreted as evidence of religious ideas. At African sites, that date back to the Middle Stone Age, archaeologists have discovered symbolic artifacts, which also support the notion that humans were engaged in religious thinking.

Today most of the seven billion humans on our planet still believe in supernatural beings and stories. The more than two billion Christians and the nearly two billion Muslims are unmistakable evidence that our twenty-first-century world is as religious as it has ever been.

But what if there was no religion?

What if everyone used the scientific method of establishing truth?

What if human greed could be curtailed?

What would our world look like then?

This book “The Cure” explores these questions.

Coming Soon



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Briones Regional Park 2018, hiking #DMP #Video #Hiking

A New Year

A New Experience

“So, this is Solstice and what have you done

Another year over, a new one just begun

And so, this is Solstice, I hope you have fun

The near and the dear ones, the old and the young

A very merry Solstice and a happy new year

Let’s hope it’s a good one without any fears

And so, this is Solstice for weak and for strong

The rich and the poor ones, the road is so long

And so happy Solstice for black and for white

For yellow and red ones let’s stop all the fights”

Borrowed, with love, from the late and great John Lennon.

What an odd year 2017 was for both Julia and me. I’d have to say it was a turbulent one compared to so many other recent years. Yes, turbulent is a good word to describe it as I can’t remember a year with so many choppy relationships and so much private turmoil. I also can’t help thinking that what we experienced personally was somehow driven by the public descent into hatred, selfishness, and bigotry by the United States of America. This fall has affected everyone I know in some way or another.

Well, I suppose that is just an excuse. One must own one’s mistakes. For those I have offended I offer my apologies and ask for your forgiveness. And for those friends and family who still consider me a comrade I am deeply appreciative.

But, that was then and before us is a new year with new possibilities and new random events to look forward to or avoid. The first and most impactive random event was the addition of a new member to our family, a fifteen-year-old exchange student from Germany, Anneli. The pronunciation of her name is Anna-Lee. She has moved in with us until the summer and is hoping to attend Oakland Technical High School where she is enthusiastically anticipating attending their extensive fashion programs.

Anneli comes from Kassel in Germany. Kassel, which was spelled Cassel until 1928, is a city located on the Fulda River in northern Hesse, Germany. It is the administrative seat of the Regierungsbezirk Kassel and the Kreis of the same name. It had 200,507 inhabitants in December 2015.

The former capital of the state of Hesse-Kassel it contains many palaces and parks, including the Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Kassel is also known for the documenta exhibitions. Documenta is an exhibition of contemporary art, which takes place every five years in Kassel. It was founded by artist, teacher, and curator Arnold Bode in 1955 as part of the Bundesgartenschau (Federal Horticultural Show), which took place in Kassel at that time. It was an attempt to bring Germany up to speed with modern art, both banishing and repressing the cultural darkness of Nazism. This first documenta featured many artists who are generally considered to have had a significant influence on modern art (such as Picasso and Kandinsky). The more recent documentas feature art from all continents.

documenta exhibition

Julia and I are very enthusiastic to have Anneli join our family. We hope she can achieve everything she set out to do, when she embarked on her solo journey into the very, very strange land, of the United States of America. I’m not sure that when I was fifteen that I’d have been so adventurous and brave as she is. However, Julia and I are committed to help her in whatever way we can. We see our job, as people who chose to join club-USA voluntarily and did not grow up in its odd culture, to help her make sense of this wonderful and yet strange place. I hope we can achieve this.