Dealing With Death and Loss as an Atheist…


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Date: December 08, 2017

01) Dealing With Death and Loss as an Atheist


“My thoughts on mortality as an atheist. Sorry for all the jump-cuts, but it’s far better than all the long pauses.”

This echoes my own sentiments…

I did not question it when I was really young, while being raised in the church…But today, it really does not set well with me, that anyone would use the remains of your beloved deceased, as a prop to peddle their religion.

…It’s tasteless…decency deaf…and just bad behavior.

I can get past the point, that these beliefs are common in our culture…thus, they will surface at times like someone’s death…

…But trying to convert [possibly distraught] people, at that specific point in time?…

No…that is just wrong.

Dealing with your own mortality:

I’ve been meaning to set down, and right more on this…and I fear, I may have let a window of healthy, cogent thoughts pass me by…not so long ago…

Of course…psychologically dealing with the understanding of your own mortality, and psychologically facing your own death, aren’t necessarily the same thing.

…Each is it’s own process, with it’s own variables.

…But, yes…A lot of the traditional psychological soothing offered by religion, is absent for the atheist…

For the atheist…it’s more about coming to terms with a simple ending…falling asleep, to never wake up again…no more of everything you love…or at least like…a weighing, of whether you experienced and accomplished everything you needed, to feel validated…satisfied…that you honestly lived a life and accomplished something.

I think…given my particular circumstances in life…I will almost certainly face death with reluctance, knowing there is more left undone…and having every fiber within me, still focused on that fight…

…I wont want to leave the unfinished, still before me…

That really bothers me…in it’s own way…

If I believed in spirits and ghosts…I’d honestly think, that someone like myself would be a prime candidate…to linger on in this world, in such a form…

In fact…this setting fits the lore of ghosts…

…”Steve Diamond…The extremely friendly ghost…floating into little boy’s bedrooms…slipping under the covers…and giving blow jobs from the spectral dimension…”

…Can’t you just imagine those home exorcisms?

…Better not linger on this topic too long…I don’t want to seduce myself, into looking forward to my own death…

…But, what an aspiration!


Grief Without Belief: How to Deal With Death as an Atheist:

I’m including this second video because it was linked in the description…and it’s a pretty good video.

A lot of good territory is explored…It warrants more commentary.

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