quote:Originally posted by UppityNegress:
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.
I'm a Taoist as well.
Some wise man whose name I can't recall said "It's the how of living that matters, not the how long."
That being said, my own death doesn't scare me. What scares me is losing one of my loved ones before I'm ready to lose them. I don't think we miss the world when we die, but there is a good chance that the world misses us. As far as my passing, I could care less when I die, so long as I die well. Another wise man whose name I can't remember said "There are only two ways to leave this world, on your feet...or on your knees." I plan to leave on my feet.