I am going to speak unto you the following four words, very powerful four words, four words which require strong conviction, and these four words are, “there is no God.” It has been said before, “God is dead,” and has been dead for a long time.
I used to say I was agnostic: I was an in-betweener, and according to me, an agnostic is an atheist that has not yet mustered the courage to proclaim what deep in his heart he knows to be true, and that’s that the belief that there exists a mythical being whom we refer to as “God,” the creator of this wonder-filled cosmos, giver of consciousness, father of all that is and will ever be known to man, is not credible. I am more certain than ever that I am an atheist now.
Now. Does this automatically make me an evil person? I am aware that in the eyes of some, this may be the case, but I don’t live life through their eyes, I can only experience life through my own. To these rigid-minded individuals I have condemned myself to hell, and will forever burn in eternal exile, but fortunately for me, I don’t believe in hell either, and if my experiences have taught me anything is that my world view depends on just that, my worldview.
As an Atheist I believe that there is nothing but eternal nothingness after we cease to be. An eternal void of nothingness, bleak nothingness. There is time, and space; time stops and space vanishes when our mind no longer can perceive it. This is just my opinion, and everyone is entitled to their own–respect. But, if this sounds disheartening to you, believe me that it’s not disheartening to a being like myself. There is no life after death, so make the best of what little life you have left of this Earth.
(And just to be clear, “…so make the best of what little life you have left…,” does not mean that we are entitled to do what ever we want with complete disregard for others. No, it does not mean that indeed; we are all stuck on this rock together, we all all visitors here. There are rules of conduct, some we know innately, others must be learned through pursuing knowledge.)
It is unbelievable to me to think that some exist that lack the capacity to conceive of a blissful world, or a world worth living in, without the idea of an almighty creator. I think there will come a time when we completely move past this notion. The concept of a supreme being is good, when you are a child with minimal understanding of how anything works, since it turns out that when lacking understanding, attributing what one does not understand to a supreme being becomes a quite satisfactory explanation, “because God so ordained, have faith.” I suppose that in a sense, we are all still children, but at some point we must outgrow ideas which no longer serve us in our journey towards growth as beings and creating of a better world for all–existence.
We are not all the same, and as genetic defects demonstrate, we are not all created equal. All that has ever been and will ever be depends on nature, and we are but a tiny part of nature.
We must humble ourselves, and learn to see the world as it is and start there, but in order to achieve this we must first learn as much as we can about the world we exist in, and this is why the pursuit of knowledge–whatever that may be–having an open mind, and reading philosophy is so important, I believe. We are in it together. We are all going to die. We are all visitors here. Time is master of us all.