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Old 05-27-2018, 09:57 AM
 
Location: PRM (Peoples Republic of MN)
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Why bother with anything in this life? EVERYTHING is meaningless, right?


Isn't it?


If it just goes blank/dark/black when we die...what does anything matter?
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Old 05-27-2018, 10:01 AM
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Location: Ontario, Canada
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Why bother with anything in this life? EVERYTHING is meaningless, right?


Isn't it?


If it just goes blank/dark/black when we die...what does anything matter?
Wrong.

If death is simply blankness then life becomes even more precious and worth savouring.
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Old 05-27-2018, 10:06 AM
 
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Wrong.

If death is simply blankness then life becomes even more precious and worth savouring.
Perhaps the OP meant, there is no right or wrong if itís a void after death.
And this argument actually has some weight in it.
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Old 05-27-2018, 10:30 AM
 
Location: minnesota
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Why bother with anything in this life? EVERYTHING is meaningless, right?


Isn't it?


If it just goes blank/dark/black when we die...what does anything matter?
Everything doesn't go blank when you die. It is probably a reasonable conclusion to say when you die it goes blank for you. I don't see how that translate into meaninglessness.
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Old 05-27-2018, 10:35 AM
 
Location: Germany
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Why bother with anything in this life? EVERYTHING is meaningless, right?


Isn't it?


If it just goes blank/dark/black when we die...what does anything matter?
Our genes evolved the need to fu..., get jiggy with it.

I am a slave to my genes (which are currently indirectly responsible for this strange feeling in my stomach that says I must eat something).
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Old 05-27-2018, 11:11 AM
 
Location: Southern Oregon
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Perhaps the OP meant, there is no right or wrong if itís a void after death.
And this argument actually has some weight in it.
Only for those lost enough not to be able to articulate purposefulness....nihilists.
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Old 05-27-2018, 11:11 AM
 
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Why would anything be meaningless in this life if there is no afterlife? That is probably the most insane concept I hear from believers.

Why do a good job at work if you are just going to retire some day anyway? Why eat if you will just get hungry tommorrow anyways? Why read a book if you are just going to finish it and the story will be over?

How sad it must be if the only meaning in one's life is the belief that there is some sort of afterlife?

My mother is 90 and still pretty active. She recently moved and has made lots of new friends. She has children, grandchildren and great grand kids and siblings. She worked much of her life and got great pleasure from those jobs. Because of my dad's disability pension from being badly injured on Juno Beach June 6 1944, she was still able to travel even after my father died.

OP, as my mother is a non believer please explain how her life could be meaningless to either her or all of us who know her? How could she possibly have meaning in her life only if she believed in an afterlife? Yours may be a totally cold and cruel attitude you have towards those who do not share your belief.
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Old 05-27-2018, 11:25 AM
 
Location: minnesota
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I think this video explains it really well OP. I've heard it said that the opposite of addiction is not sobriety but connection. The idea of death isn't so scary for me because I feel connected to the world around me so that even if I'm not here the world is.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9D05ej8u-gU
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Old 05-27-2018, 11:33 AM
 
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Perhaps the OP meant, there is no right or wrong if itís a void after death.
And this argument actually has some weight in it.
There is right from wrong for any normal person regardless if they believe or not. I think this no right or wrong attitude of believers about non believers is BS and certainly not borne out in any way.

I am no angel but I will claim to be at least as moral then any of the very religious folks who post on these forums.
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Old 05-27-2018, 11:36 AM
 
Location: minnesota
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Here's that video about connection

https://www.ted.com/talks/johann_har...wrong#t-202527
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