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Yes.

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Building on what JT said, I would venture to say that life is actually MORE meaningful without religion because there is no promise of anything other than the here and now. We do good for good's sake and not to buy our way into an afterlife. Holding onto the notion that there is something else devalues your life, and attributing experiences that move you to a god for whom their is no evidence cheapens those experiences.

I agree, and very well put.

for sure

Very well said. I've long thought that if you are a good person, it's because you are truly good, and if you need religion's threat of hell and/or promise of heaven to make you be a good person, then you're not really a good person at heart.

Nicely put, Percy.

I wholeheartedly agree with this notion.

Yes, and you don't have all the horrors religion can put on people. You follow natural instincts for behavior. Lose religious fear and you have peace and confidence to do good for good's sake. People will build helping agencies when there is need. Altruism is part of humanity.

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Absolutely! As Ricky Gervais puts it - the lack of a belief in a god means we have everything to LIVE for!

Draco Level 6 Sep 23, 2017

yes

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Absolutely!! Actually, religious lenses dulled the vibrant colors of life for me. Living unfettered is glorious, in all sorts of ways!

Zster Level 8 Oct 8, 2017
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Why wouldn't it be meaningful, each day you have is a gift that can be taken away at any moment. If you cannot find meaning in that then you need to rethink your belief system.

JTNenz67 Level 3 Sep 5, 2017
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Absolutely. I think it's even more meaningful since we live in the present. Not worrying about pleasing some entity or going to some magical place when we die. I love life!

Great Answer!

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i'm a bit of a nihilist -
so i do not find there to be any inherent meaning in life.
i see meaning as something we add to our lives -
to help us form our direction as we move through it.

as a believer i was always searching, fearing, scrambling for what my meaning and purpose was -
what was i SUPPOSED to be doing...

as a non-believer and a survivor of the death of my only child, life is deeper, richer, brighter, darker, truer than it ever was before.
i live for both of us & even the mundane things of life seem louder, bigger, more sacred.

i DO believe in "sacred" -
without any religious connection.
life has become sacred - which, for me, is far deeper than "meaningful".

Saudade Level 3 Nov 12, 2017

My sincere condolences for your loss. It’s incredibly brave of you to have come out of the other end of something like that with a lack of belief when profound loss so often propels people deeper into it.

Big hugs.....

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Absolutely! I can be good without God. I don't need fear or threat of punishment to do good. I care about people and animals and the earth and try to do no harm. Nature is a wonder, amazing, awe inspiring.

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That depends on the individual. I absolutely think it can be meaningful without religion, but I also think it can feel meaningless without religion if you have been brainwashed since childhood to believe that. The idea that we will die and never live again can make it feel like nothing we do now is of any consequence. Eventually the sun will become a red giant and engulf the Earth, and so on, so ultimately there is no external meaning to it all. But so what? We can still enjoy our life, and we can still find meaning in it, even if it won't last forever.

Religion preaches that meaning and purpose come from "out there", but the truth is that meaning and purpose are subjective, and must be created from within us. A finite life becomes far more valuable than an eternal one. The only meaning I care about is that which I create, and my life also has meaning to my kids and those I love. My life is far more meaningful to me when I live it on my own terms.

There is no meaning in sacrificing one's life trying to attain another, or becoming a slave to an imagined deity.

Well said @Introverted

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hell yeah

even more now then ever before. I used to live for the afterlife . Now I live for this life. I only got 1

you are getting smarter and smarter, same with me.

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Life is indeed meaningful. I find life to be so much more meaningful staying in the present moment and not reading a bunch of poorly written stories from over a millennia ago.

memetolva Level 4 Dec 17, 2017
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It is MORE meaningful without religion.

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Yes. Personally, I do nice things because it makes others happy therefore it makes me happy. I don't do it because the repercussion(s) would negatively affect me (like basically EVERY christian does). Besides if you need a book to tell you that killing people is bad, you yourself must be bad. The bible even says that incest is okay, rape is acceptable and killing in the name of god is understandable. IF YOU NEED A FICTITIOUS BOOK TO TELL YOU WHAT YOUR MORALS SHOULD BE, YOU'RE A HORRIBLE PERSON!!!!!!!!

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I follow no religion; my life is steeped in meaning, in joy, and in curiosity. Curiosity makes life very interesting.

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YES, without it is better, it's stupid, all these stories to control people. Without religion I am free to believe in DNA, in science, much better than smoke and mirrors. OR JOEL OLSTEEN. Puke.

Waco2017 Level 4 Dec 24, 2017
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Life existed long before religion, yet it somehow survived anyway.

JoeDime22 Level 4 Nov 13, 2017

Funny how that works, eh?

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Religion does not make life meaningful!

mzee Level 7 Oct 19, 2017
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What does religion have to do with getting meaning out of life?

kiramea Level 7 Sep 30, 2017
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Life is MORE meaningful. To know this is the one life to only exist, I love more. Strive to have fewer regrets. Appreciate the little moments. Appreciate the time I have with my loved ones; especially my grandmother who turns 90 this year. To know that I will never see her again makes every second THAT much more special for me.

Rikachu Level 3 Sep 29, 2017
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Please. Not even a legitimate question.

What I want to know is: Does the single missing sock from the laundry have anything to do with the single shoe lying on the side of the road?

Byrdsfan Level 8 Aug 30, 2018
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I will quote, if I may, Joss Whedon's series Angel (from the episode "Epiphany"): words that speak more eloquently than I can.

"If there is no great glorious end to all this, if nothing we do matters... then all that matters is what we do. What we do, now, today. Because, if there is no bigger meaning, then the smallest act of kindness - is the greatest thing in the world."

Paul4747 Level 8 Mar 31, 2018
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Yes! It’s more meaningful because you don’t waste the life you have here on earth waiting for some promised paradise after this life where there is absolutely no proof of.

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My life is meaningful to me I am learning all the time. People talk about god and heaven but I see a lot of hellish stuff going on around me and am determined not to add to that mess.

jacpod Level 8 Dec 27, 2017
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Meaning is a concept. Life, or an event with a life, has meaning if we think it does. We make meaning - it is not bestowed upon us by God or the Universe.

benbrew Level 3 Dec 25, 2017
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Test: Put your under water. If life has no meaning, you will have no trouble breathing in the water and staying under. Organically, we want to live. Intellectual lying makes us feel a loss of meaning. Be honest with your body. It wants to live and will fight death in the end or very close to it. Not happy with yourself? Find an external focus that does bring meaning to you. Choose wisely, you cannot expect to control the object of that external focus. Disappointment is always possible. Be prepared to accept it for what it is. External and secondary to your own existence.

Dwight Level 7 Dec 23, 2017
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Life without religion is meaningful. I know healthy, well adjusted people who describe themselves as atheist, agnostic, secular, humanist, naturalist and skeptic. For non-believers, we try to do good, not because we hope for "heaven" but because we feel better when we are being decent, honest and kind.

SKH78 Level 8 Dec 21, 2017
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