School shooting in Texas. Early reports not looking good. God bless all!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 18, 2018
Of course, Pinker’s confidence in the righteousness of his own cause may come across as similarly beatific (he’s an atheist who’s confident enough to use the word “blessed” without a hint of irony), but as he repeatedly tells us, the evidence is on his side.
*I was reminded last night of the other use of "blessing," that given by an authority figure (a father, The Godfather) to those under that authority. Which is the real irony of Pinker's use of the word. Where does the blessing he thinks has been dispensed (he uses the past tense) come from? The Enlightenment, one presumes? Huh. You know, real philosophers are more careful about their language than that.