Monday 23 October 2017

Letters: George Hook far more compelling on life's meaning than Fry

George Hook eloquently discussed his ideas about existence. Photo: Sportsfile
George Hook eloquently discussed his ideas about existence. Photo: Sportsfile
Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

Stephen Fry's tirade on RTÉ's 'The Meaning of Life' programme against a God he believes doesn't exist received worldwide attention and millions of YouTube hits. Less publicised was broadcaster George Hook's reassessment of his own previous non-belief in a creator of the universe and long-time cynicism about life having any real meaning.

George mightn't be as "cool" or sensational a character as Stephen out there in cyberspace but for me he's by far the more convincing and eloquent of the two men.

He opened his heart to the nation on Brendan O'Connor's 'The Saturday Night Show', expressing remorse for past decisions and behaviour that he could just as easily have said nothing about. He touched the hearts of many people with his appeal to the inherent value of common human decency and his passionate advocacy of a return to the principles of his childhood faith which, despite the failings of religious institutions, now restores hope for him in a world that often seems to trample all over the smallest glimmers of hope.

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