I, and many atheists, have often been accused of being pessimistic. Not a very scalding denunciation, but I take issue with it in that I have never once been labeled a pessimist in a situation where I was actually being pessimistic. In fact, some of the claims have been downright confusing. Here are a few things I’ve said that have been met with that response:
This is just dead on accurate. I can’t stand it when I hear certain religious types saying we’re all flawed human beings. Cast off that stigma! We shouldn’t have to carry the weight of guilt from the second we’re born. The author does a great job of analyzing this feeling.
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Man, I would love to be involved in this.
I thought for a long time about what I was going to say on this topic, but you know what I realized? No one gives a shit about what I think about the afterlife.
Everyone is territorial of their view of the afterlife. Humans are the only species who realize death is inevitable, and that’s a scary thing to come to terms with. Afterlife is that solace you create to make it seem not so terrible. We are all vain creatures, we want to believe that some part of us will live on for all eternity, and we want it to be the best form of existence possible.
… And that’s really the point.
The common complaint against atheists is “they think they know everything,” and, believe me, I know exactly where that feeling comes from. Read any YouTube comment made by an atheist and you’ll probably feel the need to kick their smug ass.
Don’t listen to people on the internet…
…Ok, not even me…
…Especially not me.