Alright, I have to earn a place in the queue. Fuck god, fuck nationalism, fuck racism, fuck anti-intellectualism, fuck climate denial. I like people who like people and who want to find a way forward in this society. I'm not an atheist, I'm anti-theist. Religion has caused too many problems for too long, and I want to be free of it. I want to find a better way of life, and especially a better way of death. How many non-believers out there are still looking for comfort at the end of life? I don't want to be a death-bed convert. How do you imagine the end without salvation?
I actually agree with your sentiments particularly your second sentance ....and will also note that--- without seeing your facial expressions and hearing you voice these thoughts out loud--- I can see how some people might have taken your comments in some way that you did not intend. Sounds to me like you are on your own "journey" right now and are questioning everything. Keep questioning.
I feel similarly. Except, I know I will not be a death bed convert and I know that death is not scary.
I nearly died a few years ago and your brain takes over to calm you. It was wonderfully serene and so peaceful that I was mildly disappointed to survive.
My only concern, in that moment, was for my children.
Other than that...yeah, I am with you, "Fuck god, fuck nationalism, fuck racism, fuck anti-intellectualism, fuck climate denial."
We hear the unseen branch crack and fear floods us with instinct. It's our biology, our dna, our psychology, it's why we survive. I am a MN Vikings fan, so I learn to embrace the suck. I am human, so I learn to embrace fear. The positive power of fear! If you're interested in beefing up your anti-theistic position, reading Christopher Hitchens death bed memoir Mortality isn't a unique account of dying, but it's the best I've read. If for no other reason, I love him for that book.
Sounds like you still believe in the Christian god and hell fire. Too bad. Must be scary to think about death for you, then. Since energy can't be created or destroyed, at death we'll rejoin the universal energy and likely be reincarnated, if we choose to do so.
I'm prepared for death. I keep a collection of prescription drugs to make my death as pleasant and painless as possible.
So when the cash runs dry; when I get too weak to get up stairs; too blind to read; or too infirm to wipe my own arse - I'm out of here.
What's your problem?
You identify yourself in your profile as an agnostic, an atheist, and an anti-theist. Despite this, you seem to still think there's some kind of afterlife awaiting you in death. This makes no sense. You either hold to the claims of religion or you don't.
Which is it?