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Old 10-29-2013, 03:51 PM
 
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Of course from a Christian perspective, physical life is just "round one".I would like to know what atheists think about this question.Is there a deeper meaning to life from the atheist perspective, since we are just accidents of chemical processes and evolution?Why bother?
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Old 10-29-2013, 04:03 PM
 
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Life is no more random than the fact that a planet is round (okay, is an oblate spheroid) is random. It's not.

As to the 'why bother?', I don't need some grand external scheme to justify my existence or to motivate my course of life. If you do, well - that's not my problem.
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Old 10-29-2013, 04:10 PM
 
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Of course from a Christian perspective, physical life is just "round one".I would like to know what atheists think about this question.Is there a deeper meaning to life from the atheist perspective, since we are just accidents of chemical processes and evolution?Why bother?
Because it's better than being the eternal servant of a magical bearded guy in the sky who is very likely to torture us for eternity if we fail to jump through one of his mostly random flaming hoops? Thank god (if there is one) the manipulations of men aren't the truth.Seriously folks, religious or not... why can't we just enjoy being alive? Today I AM... yesterday is gone and the future isn't written yet...what else matters?
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Old 10-29-2013, 04:40 PM
 
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Of course from a Christian perspective, physical life is just "round one".I would like to know what atheists think about this question.Is there a deeper meaning to life from the atheist perspective, since we are just accidents of chemical processes and evolution?Why bother?
Life is a participatory creation of art, where we all both create and observe. I give my life purpose, I choose what I wish to create of my life. I choose to make my purpose to live peaceably with my neighbors, love my wife, and be industrious in my career. I want to exercise my mind and my body, and to influence my environment positively. I want to make a thing of beauty out of my life, a melody that has its pathos, its triumph, its tenderness and its joyous passages. It had a beginning, and it will have an end, all I can hope is that the echoes of the melody that is me will softly reverberate long after I am gone. -NoCapo
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Old 10-29-2013, 05:26 PM
 
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Is there a deeper meaning to life from the atheist perspective, since we are just accidents of chemical processes and evolution?
No, there is no deeper meaning to life.
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Why bother?
What do you mean? Why bother living? Because I enjoy my life very much.
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Old 10-29-2013, 05:54 PM
 
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Of course from a Christian perspective, physical life is just "round one".I would like to know what atheists think about this question.Is there a deeper meaning to life from the atheist perspective, since we are just accidents of chemical processes and evolution?Why bother?
I believe we are here to live our lives, and possibly leave this world a little better than when we got here.

Why bother? Because my children and grand children will be living here after I'm gone, and I would like for their lives to be better than mine. I would hope that they feel the same, and try to leave the world just a little better than when they got here for their children too.
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Old 10-29-2013, 06:08 PM
 
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We were created by God to mock and belittle Christians in order to test the power and depth of your faith.

God thought....now Joint heir and other Christians have mighty faith in Me, but I have made my presence so clear and manifest that this is no challenge for them. What if I were to send down to Earth small armies of rationalist thinkers, well educated and intelligent agents who would torment my faithful by pointing out all of the illogical leaps which need to be taken to subscribe to a belief in Me? What if I had them showcase the contradictions in the scriptures and doctrines, have scientists prove that the information being presented in My Holy Book doesn't square with the testable evidence which they have found? Then how easy will it be to continue to have faith in Me? Will Joint heir remain my faithful servant then?

So far, so good...but we are far from done.
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Old 10-29-2013, 06:57 PM
 
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Of course from a Christian perspective, physical life is just "round one".I would like to know what atheists think about this question.Is there a deeper meaning to life from the atheist perspective, since we are just accidents of chemical processes and evolution?Why bother?
Oh my, what a sad, narrow point of view the present. To think of this physical life of the here and now only as "round one" sounds terribly defeatist. To that I would truly ask "Why bother?"
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Old 10-29-2013, 07:01 PM
 
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No, there's no special reason, but may as well enjoy it while it lasts.
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Old 10-29-2013, 07:35 PM
 
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No, there's no special reason, but may as well enjoy it while it lasts.
That's the simple answer. I have standby BS answers for my grandsons who are not ready for the simple answer, my oldest surviving brother who is still a fundamentalist, etc., but basically life is an interesting absurdity that is usually fun to explore, I have a wife, two children, two step-children, two grandsons with a third on the way, a career that I enjoy very much, a nice warm house in good repair and I live in interesting times. All my loved ones are, for the moment, okay. I know what a positive thing that is, because I've known what it is to bear witness to human suffering.

That's a lot of goodness to occupy my limited time and energy. It suffices.

At the other end of this business lies what Stephen King calls "the clearing at the end of the path" and I look forward to that too. I don't particularly care to live forever; I like beginnings, middles and, yes, ends. The future belongs to my children and their children. It's in good hands.
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