If you don't believe in an afterlife (or are simply an atheist), how do you grapple with your entire existence ceasing upon death?

If you don't believe in an afterlife (or are simply an atheist), how do you grapple with your entire existence ceasing upon death? One of the biggest pulls for mainstream religion is the existence of an afterlife or heaven state. If neither existed, there would probably be far less people following those religions than now, but that's just the thing. Death is a very difficult thing for people to grapple with, even irreligious people tend to believe in some form of place that the dead get sent to. You'd have to be fully nihilistic to truly not be bothered by death and not believe in an afterlife.

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  1. 6 months ago
    Anonymous

    "Death" isn't real. You can't experience non-existence. As such, the instant you die, your consciousness will reawaken the next time it is possible for it to do so, in the sane way it did for you now, the "first" time.

    • 6 months ago
      Anonymous

      That's a comforting thought, but why should I think that my consciousness will ever be able to reawaken again? What if it's unique and generated only by this particular organism (me) and I'll never experience anything again for all eternity?

      • 6 months ago
        Anonymous

        I mean you won't experience it so it doesn't really affect anything. My nihilistic side tells me it's just going to be the same life over and over again, the exact same quantum state of the exact same arrangement of matter, or you could simply cease to exist and pass from the illusion. I don't really find it comforting but not disheartening either.

      • 6 months ago
        Anonymous

        why would you be required to exist in the first place? Consider the probability of "you" even existing. It would be infinitely unlikely and yet here you are despite those odds.

        According to Schopenhauer when you die you return to the unconscious unfeeling universe only to reawaken without the memory of a previous life. The eternity spent not existing before you were born went by like an instant.

        tldr: The mere fact that you even exist is sufficient proof to not fear death.

      • 6 months ago
        Anonymous

        Then you should seek to spend your finite time more wisely than vaguely annoying theists on a garbage image board, I would say.

    • 6 months ago
      Anonymous

      I just don't care. I life my life and at some point in the future I won't live. Simple as.
      >You'd have to be fully nihilistic to truly not be bothered by death and not believe in an afterlife.
      Why?

      >You can't experience non-existence.
      Agreeing there.

  2. 6 months ago
    Anonymous

    I do not believe in the major religions but my ideas aren’t entirely materialist either. The basic idea embodied in the quotes of Empedocles and in the dialogue of Phaedo by Plato seems rational to me.

    >everything physically in existence is transformed into something else upon the destruction of its form.
    >the same is true of the soul. The soul doesn’t spring from nothing but instead is transformed from other materials and is reformed into something else the same as it’s body which is physically transformed upon destruction

    This basic idea is easy enough for me to accept.

  3. 6 months ago
    Anonymous

    I can't decide what I should do spiritually. Someone give me guidance. I have a Baptist-Orthodox background.

    • 6 months ago
      Anonymous

      Don't follow anyone. Don't consume anything. Walk your own way, and don't try to order reality around. It's not for man to grok the Great Mystery.

      • 6 months ago
        Anonymous

        So Catholicism. Got it. 🙂

        • 6 months ago
          Anonymous

          >>Don't follow anyone

    • 6 months ago
      Anonymous

      Leave the Orthodox and Baptist background aside. Take up The Way of Christ. Read and live the New Testament.

  4. 6 months ago
    Anonymous

    there's nothing you can do about it if thats the way it is, except try to improve your life accordingly . You're also a part of nature while you're a live , not seperate from it, and when you die and your body breaks up, nothing changes in that respect

  5. 6 months ago
    Anonymous

    *destroys any cope you might have*

  6. 6 months ago
    Anonymous

    I'm okay with the logic of it

  7. 6 months ago
    Anonymous

    I may die and stop exististing as an individual but the consequences of my actions will resonate throughout the ages! The same as my ancestors!
    Even if what I did may seem insignificant, the butterfly effect ensures it directly or indirectly influences something bigger

  8. 6 months ago
    Anonymous

    Though I would prefer an afterlife to none, I have no reasonable way to deduce which one. Without a way of determining if there is an afterlife at all, I reason that it is best to just leave things that are out of my control out of my field of worry and fear. A just god would see me living a good life and reward me, an unjust good would make unreasonable demands, and no god blanks my existence. In the end my opinion on the matter is voided regardless.

  9. 6 months ago
    Anonymous

    >how do you grapple with your entire existence ceasing upon death?
    Who gives a shit. Its no different than before you were born.

    • 6 months ago
      Anonymous

      Yup. Death is funny bc it's a concept to humans. We didn't exist for billions of years. Then we pop into existence. Life is hard and brutal for most. Nice for a few. Then we die and poof that's it. No pain. No memories. No tmnothing. It's not scary at all. It just is.

      • 6 months ago
        Anonymous

        >It's not scary at all
        Sure it isn't, I'm sure you're not just saying that and would feel the exact same way staring down the barrel of a gun

        • 6 months ago
          Anonymous

          NTA, but it wouldn't be the death itself that scared me, but just the act of dying. Ideally you'd want to go quietly in your sleep as an old man after a life well lived.

  10. 6 months ago
    Anonymous

    For life to have meaning it must come to an end. A life without mortal consequence would be effectively meaningless. And an everlasting afterlife is a far more terrifying outcome than simple secession of existence.

  11. 6 months ago
    Anonymous

    I don't know what happens after death, it's a mystery. I think more about life.

  12. 6 months ago
    Anonymous

    Just roll me into a carpet and toss it into the trash when I'm dead

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