he then went on to tell me that happiness is impossible without god*, and that everyone at heart knows god exists whether or not they consciously choose to acknolwedge that. this i dispute.
* he defines god as "consciousness, knowledge, bliss" and says that god is a very simple thing, much simpler than a chair. i don't think he subscribes to any particular religion, but his god seems to be the warm and fuzzy new-age/christian banal god who loves everyone all the time in the most inconspicuous way possible.
ps: it turns out i have been using the word pithy all this time as exactly the opposite of what it really means. how did that happen?