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.