"Life is what you make of it,
there's so many of us
wondering what we could have been.
Looking back on all of this,
I wanna know I made the best of
saving my rest for the grave."
This verse in "Take a Step Back" by Every Avenue reminds me of how important life is. As someone who doesn't believe in a higher power or an afterlife, I'm reminded how precious life is and how I want to make sure I'm doing everything I can to live a happy and fulfilled life NOW because that's all I have.
Realizing that I'm an atheist has been one of the most liberating events of my life. I've found more strength in myself now that I don't rely on a higher power to look out for me, I've learned to appreciate this life that I have without needing to know why I'm here or what happens when it's over, and I've also opened my eyes to how remarkable human beings and the things we're capable of are...
I was reading this article and this part stood out to me:
"Then there is atheistic Humanism. This is a view that human beings are evolving, progressing, and are working toward becoming better people. As a result, we tend to treat others as working toward that goal as well (whether they realize it or not). This makes us more understanding, more empathetic, and more compassionate. We often think the best of people before we jump to the conclusion that people are inherently evil and just did or said something out of hate."
I completely agree with this. It's hard to deny that humans evolve and progress when you think about how much we've changed even in the last hundred years--or just the last few decades! I'm constantly amazed at the remarkable things human beings are capable of. Every time I'm in an airplane that's taking off, I'm overwhelmed with how incredible it is that such a large, extremely heavy plane just glides through the sky with ease. Human beings created that! How about Lasik Eye Surgery (or ANY surgery for that matter)? The fact that we can manipulate and heal the human body in the ways that we do is INCREDIBLE. Incredible! When you stop and really think about the things we sometimes take for granted, humans have done some pretty spectacular things.
People give God credit for these things that WE'VE done as human beings. It's a shame that people don't give themselves more credit. "I got the job!! Thank you Jesus for answering my prayers!" ...no! YOU were in that interview. YOU did it! Be proud of yourself and what YOU'RE capable of. "I can't believe this has happened to me... Why is God doing this to me?" ...no one is doing this to you. There isn't a plan. It's just life! Shit happens.
I want people to think for themselves and realize their potential as humans and not as pawns in "God's plan." I think that religion is holding humanity back from reaching its potential. I don't want to go around telling people they're wrong, but I just feel like there's something I should do.
It's funny... Atheists don't get together once a week like Christians or other religious people do... but I feel like if they did, I would go. It is comforting, encouraging, and inspiring to talk to people who are intelligent enough to see the fallacies that make up religion. I'm thankful that there's Think Atheist and YouTube where I can read/watch other people's stories and arguments for atheism and freethinking.
People think that it's depressing to be an atheist because nothing happens when you die. I admit, that's scary shit to think that when you die the lights go out and that's it. I have a hard time swallowing that reality when I really think about it... but like I said in the beginning of this blog post, it just makes me appreciate every day even more! It makes life SO MUCH MORE BEAUTIFUL. If "Heaven" is so much better than this life, then I feel like there wouldn't a point to living. It just doesn't make any sense.
"I would love to believe that when I die I will live again, that some thinking, feeling, remembering part of me will continue. But much as I want to believe that, and despite the ancient and worldwide cultural traditions that assert an afterlife, I know of nothing to suggest that it is more than wishful thinking."
Enjoy this day, enjoy this life, and make the most out of what you have! Thank you for reading :)