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#51 Posted by OppressiveStink (357 posts) -

I told a friend's wife that I was an atheist. She then asked me if I believed in ghosts and spirits. I said "No" as, well they go hand in hand.

She replied to me "That's so sad!" and I said "Why?" She said "Because everything that was you is gone forever!" in which, I replied "I won't care, because I'm dead!"

#52 Posted by allworkandlowpay (874 posts) -

Where's the "I don't care" button?

It's irrelevant.

#53 Posted by LikeaSsur (1532 posts) -

@allworkandlowpay: I have to ask why you posted, then.

#54 Posted by allworkandlowpay (874 posts) -

@LikeaSsur said:

@allworkandlowpay: I have to ask why you posted, then.

Because I was asked?

#55 Posted by AngelN7 (2970 posts) -

I will when a pigeon sits next to me and tels me : I used to be a human before ... can you belive it! alirght I'll go now before you "shoo" me.

#56 Posted by Demoskinos (14835 posts) -

This train needs to be Derailed.

#57 Posted by ajamafalous (11995 posts) -

I CAN FEEL SOMETHING INSIDE ME SAY

#58 Posted by the_OFFICIAL_jAPanese_teaBAG (4308 posts) -
@Demoskinos said:

This train needs to be Derailed.

Choo choo motherfuckers?
#59 Posted by LikeaSsur (1532 posts) -

@allworkandlowpay: I'm not sure where you got the idea that every thread title in the form of a question is directed at you, nor do I understand the compulsive need to answer every single question that appear on these forums, regardless of your involvement in it (as stated in this topic), but if you love to see that post counter go up, then keep at it.

#60 Posted by Red12b (9084 posts) -

@believer258 said:

I read that thread title and Cher immediately started playing in my head.

"Do you beliiieeeeve in life after love?" nuhnuhnuhnuhnuhhhh

Also... my answer has been in question as of late and I will leave it at that.

fucking first post as well

beat me to it...

#61 Posted by Sweep (8861 posts) -

I'm pretty sceptical about life before death...

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#62 Posted by Captain_Felafel (1573 posts) -

Yes, because the alternative, while far more feasible to our mortal understanding, is also far more depressing a thought.

#63 Posted by frankfartmouth (1018 posts) -

Ha ha ha ha ha!!! Are you fucking kidding me? The question of life after death reduced to two one word answers and a 3 word sentence? Wow. Brilliant.

#64 Posted by Trains (134 posts) -

@frankfartmouth: Yep. That's a poll for ya!

#65 Posted by Bell_End (1208 posts) -

yes i believe that jesus christ is our lord and saviour and believe that i will live forever.

#66 Edited by Downloaded (178 posts) -

@RPGee: I am continually disappointed by atheists and so-called "intellectuals" who seem to believe that having faith in a higher power or life after death implies that people are stupid or can't think logically. Just as there is no proof for God or life after death, there is no proof against it, and it's not something we can test. Just as you are entitled to say you don't believe, they are entitled to say that they do and still be seen as completely sane. Intense atheists are almost as bad and certainly as zealous as highly religious people and I would say that agnostics are the only people out there that don't truly have a religion. Belief without question is the only real form of ignorance because it closes off all sorts of paths to intellectual curiosity and practical learning, and dismissing people who believe so strongly doesn't do them any favors because it just cements their beliefs further. You're not helping anyone by thinking your better than them for not believing.

#67 Posted by Downloaded (178 posts) -

@frankfartmouth: It was a yes or no question...

#68 Posted by frankfartmouth (1018 posts) -

@Trains said:

@frankfartmouth: Yep. That's a poll for ya!

Right. A poll works well for determining who likes licorice and who doesn't. How could you possibly expect to glean anything from this? I mean that's fine if it's what you want to do, but when I saw your thread title and then yes, no, i'm not sure as the only options, I couldn't help but have an outburst.

#69 Posted by Jeust (10651 posts) -

Yes I do.

#70 Posted by allworkandlowpay (874 posts) -

@LikeaSsur said:

@allworkandlowpay: I'm not sure where you got the idea that every thread title in the form of a question is directed at you, nor do I understand the compulsive need to answer every single question that appear on these forums, regardless of your involvement in it (as stated in this topic), but if you love to see that post counter go up, then keep at it.

I'm sorry that you don't approve of my contribution. I saw a forum topic, one I've discussed before, that asked a simple question. I have an opinion on it, and I expressed it. So if you want to discuss my opinion on it, feel free, but I'm not going to fold into your binary answer bullshit you seem to think I am required to answer this question with. I'm glad that the fucking forum police are out there, I don't know what the hell we'd do without you.

#71 Posted by Trains (134 posts) -

@frankfartmouth: That's what the comment section is for, to elaborate on your choice.

#72 Posted by frankfartmouth (1018 posts) -

@Trains said:

@frankfartmouth: That's what the comment section is for, to elaborate on your choice.

Fair enough

#73 Edited by Hitchenson (4682 posts) -

Ha, no. Dead means dead, you're just a rotting corpse at that point, nothing more.

#74 Posted by BonOrbitz (2193 posts) -

I'm agnostic so I'm open to the possibility but my believe is that there is something else beyond our physical existence and that it's completely different than what any religion has ever told us.

#75 Posted by Guided_By_Tigers (8061 posts) -

BEWARE OF THE TRAINS

#76 Posted by TurboMan (7545 posts) -

Yes, and also, can we promise to stop making this thread every two weeks?

#77 Posted by RPGee (759 posts) -

@Downloaded said:

@RPGee: I am continually disappointed by atheists and so-called "intellectuals" who seem to believe that having faith in a higher power or life after death implies that people are stupid or can't think logically. Just as there is no proof for God or life after death, there is no proof against it, and it's not something we can test. Just as you are entitled to say you don't believe, they are entitled to say that they do and still be seen as completely sane. Intense atheists are almost as bad and certainly as zealous as highly religious people and I would say that agnostics are the only people out there that don't truly have a religion. Belief without question is the only real form of ignorance because it closes off all sorts of paths to intellectual curiosity and practical learning, and dismissing people who believe so strongly doesn't do them any favors because it just cements their beliefs further. You're not helping anyone by thinking your better than them for not believing.

I think you misunderstand me. I wasn't commenting on what other people think, I was purely commenting on the rationale behind my motives for not believing. To do otherwise would be to imply, as you said, that my opinion is valid whereas all others are not, while in reality all comments apply to those who made them and not necessarily much else unless in agreement. Like you said, there's no proof either way, so we can only go with what knowledge/opinions we have.

I don't believe in an afterlife or reincarnation or anything as such because of my personal atheism. I don't believe in a higher power, and part of that is not believing in the existence of a soul. Following that in a practical (you might even say scientific) matter, to me that means that this life is the one and only chance you get, and that after that is, in all likelihood to me, nothing. I'm accepting of that, and I make the most of my days while I can. Alongside that, though, I can't think about it much because that could potentially cause an existential crisis. I don't want to think that a void awaits at the end of my time, that's hazardous to mental health.

And you're right, atheist zealotry is awful. I've only met a few in my time, by they always come off as aggressive towards religion in a completely unreasonable way. Personally, I'm against religion for myself only, because that would be going against my own personality.

I hope that clears it up somewhat. I can see how you read ignorance into my initial comment, but believe me, I've thought this through plenty of times.

TL;DR: #YOLO

#78 Posted by SlashDance (1815 posts) -

I certainly hope there's no afterlife. It would get extremely tedious after a few million years, don't you think ? On the other end, I was dead for almost 14 billion years before getting here and that didn't bother me one bit.

#79 Posted by JasonR86 (9710 posts) -

I'm not even sure if I can believe in life after love...

#80 Posted by Downloaded (178 posts) -

@RPGee: Much love duder. Sorry for hating.

#81 Posted by Scrawnto (2450 posts) -

No. It used to really bother me, keeping me up at night even, but my existential dread has faded over time.

#82 Posted by SMTDante89 (2581 posts) -

Yeah.

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#83 Posted by RPGee (759 posts) -

@Downloaded: Nah, man, it's fine. These topics are worth talking about because they're important, and people need to be called out and make themselves clearer sometimes. Much respect.

#84 Posted by JacDG (2126 posts) -

I believe there is a possibility, yes. Scientifically and logically it's difficult to prove, but then again science has been wrong many a times in the past, and the very fact that I exist, that I can see, smell, feel and that the world is how it is right now, down to the smallest living organism is nothing short of miraculous (to me) and I can't fathom the vastness of life, so I won't rule any out anything until I see for myself.

#85 Posted by thebatmobile (981 posts) -

@TheHumanDove said:

@believer258 said:

I read that thread title and Cher immediately started playing in my head.

"Do you beliiieeeeve in life after love?" nuhnuhnuhnuhnuhhhh

Also... my answer has been in question as of late and I will leave it at that.

I came here to post this. Now I have nothing to contribute

#86 Posted by Jonny_Anonymous (1031 posts) -

I believe in death after life 

#87 Posted by ExplodeMode (852 posts) -

The idea of being conscious forever, and never being able to just not exist, seems like torture.

#88 Posted by Viking_Funeral (1791 posts) -

Again? Really?

#89 Posted by ShockD (2401 posts) -

I'll live under the form of ash and dust.

#90 Posted by Canteu (2821 posts) -

No. Never have, never will. I'm not deluded.