Question for the atheists...
Is it really true that you think we are just food for the worms?
SO is it ok for you, that when you die, your body will be thrown into a dump site?
Anyway, it don't possess a soul. We don't have to live for 'something', so our life ends at death, and we are 'nothing' after death. A picture would be enough as 'memory'.
Thank you. ;-).
I'm getting it from actual comments that religious people have made, both to me and other people. I know perfectly well that not all, or even most, religious people consider this life to be worthless, but I've run into enough people who honestly believe that this life is just a preliminary and that any amount of suffering and misery can be excused or rationalized as long as it is for the goal of attaining the desired 'next life' that I'm fairly sure it is not just the occasional mental aberration. And the mindset still boggles me. It's not even the ones who assume that atheists, not having a deity to grant our lives meaning, must think that life is worthless, it's the ones that claim that their religion teaches that this 'flawed' life is unimportant compared to the next one.
Religion was created, as far as I can tell, as an attempt to explain what people did not understand. Our ancestors did not know that lightning was caused by ionic buildup and discharge in the atmosphere, so they invented spirits or gods or other mythical beings who were responsible. They didn't know why it would rain, so rain gods were invented, and rituals to appease these unknown beings were developed in an attempt to control when the rains would come.
Later, religions expanded, adding social and political control to their repertoire. The leaders, who supposedly could communicate with the gods/spirits/ancestors/demons, used this to solidify their control.
Well said! For religious folks, the afterlife gives meaning to suffering. They have to explain it somehow, don't they? And gosh yeah, I forgot about ancient societies trying to explain and rationalize nature and behavior, too. What imaginations they had! :)
with the modern life, certain scientists and scholars are studying the science behind the holy books.
Being ancient books, it can be expected that these books are fiction and superstitious. However, there were findings and evidences concluding various statements in the holy book to be scientific such as explaining how life started, how it rains, and how a baby is formed... hmmm...
Not all theists don't use their brains... Although i admit, that many are not.
Definitely going to do the will thing (in fact, literally JUST told my husband we need to do this). It really isn't a big deal to me what my parents want to do with my remains. Like I said, if it brings THEM comfort, I find no offense in them giving my remains some official ceremony. After all, I'm dead... what do I care?
And they're well aware of my atheistic tendencies... had many a debate with my father about it.
Am I wrong in thinking that a will is read weeks after someone dies? If that is so, maybe putting your wishes about how your remains are handled should be in some other document which would be available immediately after your death. I don't know what that document would be but I'm betting someone on this site would know. Please, anyone out there knowledgeable on this subject? There seems to be many of us who wish our remains to be used for the benefit of others.