An agnostic's prayer to bless laboratoriesTo the Editor:
On Tuesday, May 7, The Tech printed a letter from Barbara Smith-Moran suggesting that people with religious beliefs bless their laboratories. In case there are any agnostics who would like to get in on this activity, I have come up with the following agnostic's prayer for blessing (with apologies to Roger Zelazny, from whose book Creatures of Light and Darkness some of it was adapted):
Insofar as I may be heard by anything which may or may not care what I say, I ask, if it matters, that this laboratory, and all activities occurring within it, shall receive Your blessing, support, and special attention, if, that is you are capable of giving any one portion of the Universe any more attention than any oth-<>
er part, and if my so asking will be of any assistance in gaining such support and attentiion.
If it will not, I do not.
If my asking be at all presumptuous, and therefore not well received by Whatever may or may not be listening, then I withdraw the previous request. If not, I do not.
I ask this as this group's elected intermediary between ourselves and that which may or may not be a part of ourselves, but which may have an interest in the progress of our work, and may be able to affect the things, people and events of this which seems to be the world, and which may or may not be in some way influenced by this ceremony.
I hope this will be of use.
Robert van der Heide G->