Here’s a question. Do we as atheist need to form a new dogma to give atheist like ourselves something to believe in. I know a lot of atheists have problems with the meaninglessness of life. Is there a way we can have a core philosophy that we can all get behind while also remaining free thinkers?
Just because one does not believe in any gods, it does not mean that there is nothing to "believe" in.
I believe that we should strive to live a good life and to recognize that others deserve the same rights and equality that we want for ourselves.
I believe we should do what we can to protect our environment and life on earth, even though the earth would survive just fine without humans. We can't destroy the earth, only our ability to survive on it.
I believe the role of government should be to create a system that works for the betterment of all its citizens, not just a privileged few.
I believe our lives do not have to have a "cosmic meaning" in order to have meaning.
You are here, I am here, due to millions of random events that occurred over vast amounts of time. Billions upon billions of possible people will never exist because a certain egg was not released, or a certain sperm was second to the egg. Yet, here we are, existing, able to ponder what that means.
Cosmically speaking there is no meaning to our lives.
Evolutionarily speaking we are here to live long enough to pass on our DNA
Beyond this, it is up to us to give meaning to our own lives whether that be with family, career, helping others, fighting/standing up for justice and equality, and the list goes on...
Oh, and...NO to the dogma thing.
Linus Pauling, a two time Nobel prize winner, and a true atheist hero, was asked what he believed. He said this: "I believe that all complicated phenomena can be explained using simpler scientific principles." It resonated with me the first time I read it, it still resonates with me today.
Dude, first of all your crap is what religious fanatics use to brainwash you. You know who makes this life full of purpose and meaning, trying to make this place called earth better than you received it? Answer: the man in the mirror. No crutches needed, nobody else will do it for you, much less some bullshit pie in the sky story you seem not to have fully discarded yet for being false, stupid and ridiculous.
I am a lifelong atheist and have yet to meet any others who think life is meaningless...quite the contrary. In my experience, because atheists don’t believe there will be another life after this one, they think it’s all the more important to imbue this life with as much meaning as possible. Atheists are all individuals we do not have or need a collective dogma, I shudder at the very thought! So in short, my answer is a very definite NO to your question.
Great question I don't think atheism necessarily makes one's life devoid of meaning or purpose. I think it only frees us to define them as we like. So, the question is is there a framework for defining one's purpose or source of meaning without religion. I think people find it in their families (passing on the genes) and their work/hobby/community (passing on the memes).
And a lot of atheist do not have a problem with the 'meaningless' of life! A lot of atheists understand this is what there is and we need to appreciate it and embrace it here and now and not assume it is only a preview to something else. That's called 'greed' and, frankly I see this as a total wast of life.
Here's an answer.
As an atheist, I do not "do dogma", nor do I have any "beliefs". One solution to "the meaninglessness of life" is to your own meaning to your own life. The nearest thing you will get to a "core philosophy" is the asking of the question "Where is your falsifiable evidence to support your existence claim of your particular god?", and not all atheists subscribe to that view.
I regard all dogma as dangerous. "Belief" is an ambiguous word, which ambiguity is exploited by Bible thumpers. My world view is entirely evidence-based.
Groucho Marx: "I wouldn't be a member of any club that would have me."