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Reply to "Are You Afraid To Die?"

Originally posted by art_gurl:
I feel I have so much to do before that happens.

Because I'm an atheist, sometimes it's a little scarey not having a 'safety net'.

Then I wonder WHY am I here? C'mon, let's not waste time, tell me my 'mission'... LOL.

Well, I believe if my good motivations don't outweigh the bad, then maybe I deserve whatever I get. [insert shrug icon].

At the risk of sounding arrogant or corny, I really would like to make a positive difference somehow, somewhere, to someone. I've met people who strike me with awe with their inner beauty, their patience, their 'understanding and connectedness', their goodness. They make me feel humble, but I would still like to make a difference.

I think we are all 'here' for a reason.

I think I'll go 'kicking and screaming'... Wink

I am a weak atheist and an agnostic (no, they're no mutually exclusive), but I practice taoist philosophy. I don't believe there is an onjective meaning to life, but that doesn't mean life itself is meaningless. Rather, it opens the possibility of the individual creating their own purpose, if they so chose. With the knowledge that all we have is the here and now (although religious taoists may believe in reincarnation), the toaist focuses on experiencing the beauty and goodness of the world, of the comfort of out loved ones while we still have them. According to taoist, we are all born of the tao, and when our physical bodies expire, our essence return to the tao. Can't say I believe that part literally--I'm not a very spiritual person.