Levi wrote:I am going to start by saying that:
1. I am a Christian.
2. I have logical reasons for my belief. (e.g., NOT: I think there is a god because I want to go to heaven)
My question is posed to atheists:
1)How do you get through life thinking/knowing that eventually it will end, you will cease to exist, and nothing that you do matters?2) Why do you keep going? 3) Do you ever have moments were you just give up because it's all futile? 4) How do you survive? 5) Do you just ignore the thought of death and run from it?
I'll address this point by point (by the numbers I added to the quite).
1) Its really quite simple for me. Its about making the most out of the time I have. You suggest that "nothing that [I] do matters." On the contrary, EVERYTHING I do matters, and matters a great deal. I've only got one shot at this, so I've got to do my best the first time around. Furthermore, everyone around me is in the same boat, so I feel a social responsibility to help the people around be when they need it, because they've only got one life to live and they deserve to have it be as good as possible.
2) Similar to number 1, I keep going because I don't get any other chances, if I were to "quit" that would be an awful waste.
3) Hmm. Perhaps. There are moments when I certainly get frustrated, but not necessarily because "its all futile." Occasionally I have some tough moments because I am very socially and politically active, and I see people worried more about an imaginary place they go when they die rather than the real world and the suffering around them, and what seems "futile" is the the thought they people will never get over their primitive superstitions.
4) I'm assuming this one is supposed to be a follow up to #3, so I'll answer it as such. I survive by knowing that if fuck it up, thats it for me, no second changes, gotta make it count the first time.
5) I came to terms with death a while ago. I can't presume to know what dying is like, but I suspect it isn't particularly pleasant. That being said, ceasing to exist isn't particularly depressing a thought. To paraphrase someone (maybe Douglas Adams? I can't recall where I heard this), "I didn't exist for billions of years before I was born and it never caused me the slightest inconvenience." I'm not even a little scared of death, but like I said, dying doesn't sound so great depending on the way you go, If im lucky, I'll go in my sleep and it won't matter, but I imagine bleeding to death or drowning or something would be pretty uncomfortable way to go.
To answer the broader topic about the "effect" on Atheism on my life, I'd have to say its overwhelmingly positive. Rather than worrying about how everything I do might impact my viability in getting into a magical cloud city, I can concentrate on making my life, and the people around me's life better here on Earth.