Spontaneous Philosophical Tea Party™

Every organism is miraculous, every breath is fresh, and every person is precious.

I fully understand that everything I am is contained in electrical impulses between my ears. I also understand that one day those electrical impulses will end and so will I. Because of this I try and enjoy every precious moment of life that I have. I know that one day I will die, but my actions during my life will carry on through others in many ways for as long as humans thrive. So I make everything count. But do religious people feel the same way?

When comparing a person who believes in no afterlife to someone that “knows” heaven is waiting for them, what outlook on life do they have? Can a person who thinks there is a blissful eternity waiting for them have a true appreciation for life?

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  1. exarch
    December 7, 2009 at 7:31 am —

    Since you posted this on my birthday, I’d say that this thought does pop up more than on other days throughout the year.

    The older I get, the more the realisation that I’ll die some day plays a part.
    But at the same time, that also makes me try to appreciate life more and that’s never a bad thing.

    But it’s been almost a week now, so it’s back to business as usual …

  2. Cassie
    December 7, 2009 at 3:20 pm —

    Its always healthy to get distracted with the here and now.

  3. Lyra Lynx
    December 13, 2009 at 10:54 pm —

    I’ve always thought that a naturalistic veiw of the world helps one not only appreciate ones own life but to appreceate the billions of years it took to get all life looking as we see it today.

    Some religious people that I know think life is a test and that we should be working to do God’s bidding not enjoying ourselves. But, I think that our existance is so breif that you’ve wasted your life if on your death bed you can’t say that you had the best time you could.

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