It's been a while since I last posted here, and mainly its because I've just been living an Atheist life. Trying my very best to exert humanism into my views.
I saw this clip, and felt I had to post it.. it succinctly lays out the ways in which we try to deal with The Death Problem. A problem that has been very real for me over the years.
The stages of trying to reconcile death:
The RELIGION - fairy tales to placate those who chose to relinquish reason and evidence for a comforting story.
The ROMANCE - placing a burden of deity upon your loved one, "she will save me". A burden they can NEVER carry.
The REALISATION (or 'Dawning Enlightenment') - reality is such a beautiful thing, at some point, using experience, knowledge (Cosmology, Evolution, Scientific fact) and reason, you can come to understand the whole process.
You can "see" where you fit into this process, one which has been going on for millions of years. And you can realise, YOU are the Universe! Experiencing itself! You play your part in it! Then, in this relay run of life, you pass the baton on, to your children. Your genetic code is mixed with another person and grows into new life that can experience the Universe afresh.
This knowledge/perspective/enlightenment SHOULD be passed down the generations, so that those who come next don't have to waste their time treading through the previous two futile pursuits to answer the Death Problem.
So they can enjoy a full lifespan, with the beauty of the reality of it all staring at them directly. Clear and bright and vivid.Breathe every breath down. Soak in the view. Marvel at this life you have. For it is the only one you'll get.