Discussion by: MerrickI’m in my 30s, and have been an atheist since I remember thinking about these issues. I suppose it is because my parents did not expose me to religion prior to the age or reason? In any case, I’ve never been happy about it. I tried a few times in my youth to become a believer, but I just can’t do it. The idea that there is a loving God is, obviously, patently ridiculous. Religion seems to obviously be an attempt to suffuse meaning into a meaningless world and remove the fear of death. But without it, how do you fill these two very human needs?
For me, it is miserable because I am consumed by terror of death and the meaninglessness is casts on my entire life and everything I love. I’m wondering how other atheists find a way to move forward during the time we must. Yes, I tell myself the Epicurus arguments “Where I am, death is not. Where death is, I am not.” And I’ve considered that living for the “moment” is all we have. But these things don’t soothe me, and I go into months of existential dread here and there.
How do other atheists find positive feelings about life?