The romance of playing chicken with a Train

This is awesome! There's no way I could bring up the subjects I do here, and get intelligent responses back from my friends on Facebook. I am really glad I found ThinkAtheist, and you good people.

Atheists aren't necessarily smarter than other folks, but they are one step closer to being realistic about life. That's a big plus in my mind.
For me, it's not necessarily the harshness, but the bare-bones truth, the chance, capriciousness and randomness of this existence that is the true romance of life.
The faithful see the tornado about to rip their house apart as an act of God, and hope they can pass the test he's about to put them through. I don't want my house torn apart either, but I see the tornado as simple oblivious nature doing it's thing.
If I'm alive, then metaphorically I'm standing on the railroad tracks, and I have to accept that the train may come barreling down on me when I least expect it. And if the train of life does come, I'll be challenged with enduring and surviving it.
I see this existence as a test of my mettle, cunning and adaptability. I'd much rather think of living this life as a challenge to my strength and psyche, than a test of my faith.
Anyway, I'm rambling. I'm just enjoying being here, thanks folks.

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Comment by angela kozma on June 2, 2013 at 2:08am

best song that i think describes life is Roll the bones by rush. Because every day ,every decision you make is a roll of the dice. You never know what the day is going to bring. It a rather awesome feeling that your choices are in your hands for better or worse. The bad ones you learn from as sometimes painful lessons.

Comment by _Robert_ on June 2, 2013 at 8:40am

Every well-informed decision you make shifts probability in your favor. If you don't like tornadoes you can move away from the belt, get off the tracks, so to speak. The insurance industry and casinos are built on cause and effect probability. Angelina Jolie decided she didn't like her odds of getting breast cancer, so she shifted her place on that curve. We are not just dust in the wind or slaves to the gods- we can effect the quality and longevity of our existence.

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