Atheism != Hopelessness

I read a quote by James Lipton, the guy that hosts “Inside the Actor’s Studio”. He was asked his own question: “If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the pearly gates?”

He said “You see Jim, you were wrong, I exist, but you may come in anyway”.

It would be foolish to not want to exist forever. Everyone wants that. Just like everyone wants to win the lottery. I hate to tell you this, but you are never going to win the lottery. Does that make your life hopeless? Or course not. While we all would love to have highly improbably really great things happen to us, most often they don’t. You are not going to win the lottery.

You are also not going to exist forever. In fact, nothing lasts forever. Eventually the sun and the earth will be gone. Nothing exists forever. This is the natural state of things.

But look on the bright side, you exist! What a lovely miracle. You get some 80 years to live your life and learn and laugh and love. Think of all the things that won’t ever exist. Lucky you.

We don’t know what happens when we die. We don’t know why this is all here. But as lovely as it is to make believe that we are the chosen beings of some universe-creating supergod, there is no reason whatsoever to think so. You are alive. That is very, very special. Be happy with that.

Atheism != Hopelessness

5 thoughts on “Atheism != Hopelessness

  1. micadelic says:

    Curious then, would you be more likely to vote for an apparent true believer like Obama or an obvious panderer like Hillary? I ask this seriously as I do think that Hillary appears somewhat insincere and phony in religious settings. Or do you just have to throw religion out the window totally as you realize that every candidate has to at least appear to be a bible thumper to get elected.


  2. That is exactly my point — you don’t get to vote. You can hope, but that’s it. Wishing does not make it so. I feel sorry for people who think life is “meaningless” because they don’t transcend the laws of physics. It’s more meaningful.


  3. bsherwood says:

    We are a part of our grand-fathers and fathers and our sons are a part of us, something they gave to us we give to ours…and so on, and so on …and should we be fortunate enough to enjoy eternity we might get to watch. I would vote for that idea rather than just flipping the switch to “off”.


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