2nd January 2009

“The deep fear of an endless void before and after human consciousness has motivated humans to create some of the most hysterical and gruesome imaginings in our history.”

Max Davies

4 Responses to “2nd January 2009”

  1. Chris Says:

    Yes it has! It’s very seductive. Imagine that you can avoid the fear of obliteration simply by believing that the end isn’t the end. Who hasn’t lost a loved one and hasn’t wished in the face or reason that that life continue somewhere? What parent with a sick kid doesn’t cry out for supernatural salvation when medicine simply isn’t enough?

  2. Britt Says:

    Who wants to think about the end? It gives people comfort to think that there is a god to take care of them. I see it as making humans careless and dependant. We need to start thinking for ourselves, and how to make ourselves happier. We need to stop feeling guilt for our everyday actions, and start being happy goddamnit!

  3. BoomerChick Says:

    I think a deep fear of an endless void before and after human consciousness motivates atheists to appreciate life and strive for self actualization.

    There is a recent study published in ScienceDaily that addresses the motivations of religious folks vs. atheists, written by psychology professor Michael McCullough.
    He basically says those with religion are more motivated, accomplished, less addicted to substance abuse, and more law abiding than atheists. He does make an exception for those whose religion tells them to strap bombs on for suicide missions. http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/12/081231005355.htm
    (The above referenced article is worth a look.)

    Personally I think Mr. McCullough’s statistical population was probably skewed based on some of his own biases.

    Happy New Year.

  4. The Atheist Advocate Says:

    When I die, bury me face down, so the whole world can kiss my …
    OOOORAH!!! USMC ~ Semper Fidelis

    I do not seek it, but I will welcome death when my time arrives.
    I knew peace for thousands of years before my birth.
    I will have that peace again, when I am gone.

    The statistics from that study should have shown that atheists enjoy life to a greater extent than theists, since atheists do not wait for the next life for their happiness. They pursue happiness here and now, and live life to the fullest, since they know this is there one and only!!!

    If there is life after death, it is either full of stress, as this life is, or fully boring since there is NO stress. I opt for the peace of non-existence.

    “Ashes to ashes, dust to dust.
    Have fun in this life, ’cause dying’s a must!”

    🙂