Living as an Atheist

After addressing the meaninglessness of “spirituality,” what could be better than a discussion of that which inspires?

The messages in this video represent ideas that inspire me to live—not just to be alive, but to truly live in that carpe diem sense—as an atheist. I often hear believers say, “Well, if you’re an atheist, what do you have to live for? Ultimately, it’s all futile, so why care about anything?

This is exactly backwards. You could not be more wrong in your thinking. This is all you get, so if you don’t care, you’re wasting your time.  If there is no eternal existence, then time is the most precious resource of all. If eternity exists, then nothing you do in this world matters—no matter how long you live or what you accomplish, this brief flicker of life is completely meaningless.

Think about it: eternity.

What is eternity? Time neverending. It just goes on. And on. Think about the mathematics of that. The time you spend on Earth is exactly 0% of everything you will ever experience if life continues on forever after death.

ZERO PERCENT.

In all that zero, where’s the room for living?

No, I don’t have nothing to live for as a result of being an atheist; I have everything to live for. My life is not meaningless from my nonbelief; it is only meaningful because of it.

“Reason, Observation and Experience—the Holy Trinity of Science—have taught us that happiness is the only good; that the time to be happy is now, and the way to be happy is to make others so. This is enough for us. In this belief we are content to live and die. If by any possibility the existence of a power superior to, and independent of, nature shall be demonstrated, there will then be time enough to kneel. Until then, let us stand erect.”
—Robert Green Ingersoll

Damn right, RGI. Damn right.

 
My thanks go out to TheThinkingAtheist for this video.