On the Value of Life
One misconception that I've run into a number of times is that atheists don't value life. The thinking goes that because I'm not going to heaven or hell that everything is just sort of pointless. I would argue to the contrary. I only have this life I'm living right now. I have to try and make the most of it or my life really is a waste. I don't have the luxury of an afterlife that lasts an eternity. Once I die, that's it.
It's scary to think that, it's awful to think that. In fact, the reason it took so long for me to acknowledge that yes, I am an atheist, is that fact. I only have, at the absolute most, 70 years before my consciousness is gone. I think that scary thought has a lot to do with the creation of religion, as long as we can remember we can think. Descartes was really onto something with that cogito ergo sum stuff. To suddenly stop thinking is almost unimaginable, but someday, I know it'll happen. Coming to grips with that has been one of the hardest things I've done in my life, and also one of the most rewarding.
I want to do great things. I want to leave a legacy so I do live on in someway. I try to cherish the little moments in life that give me joy and inspire me. Not because God wants me to feel them, but because I know I'll only have so many moments like that and I need to make the most of them.
Any thoughts on the value of life from anyone out there religious or otherwise?
Also, feel free to ask any questions about my thoughts and struggles with atheism I'd be happy to answer.