As stated in my previous post (which can be found here) I am an atheist. I firmly believe and adhere to the philosophy of “I don’t know”. Until there can be firm evidence presented as to the presence of such an afterlife, I am perfectly fine and able to live on my life as I see fit. The problem with the afterlife belief is that it is quite similar to the “reward and punishment” system.
The problem with this system when it is applied in religion is that first of all, you have to take a blind leap in order to possess ”faith”. That being said, you simply cannot expect to receive any rewards or benefits from your faith in this life. As we may have or have not have learned during our preschool and kindergarten years, positive reinforcement is a must in order for such a system to be positive.
In my experience, this sort of system almost always backfires due to repressed desires. Urges are a system the human body has adapted to ensure it’s survival, and to be frank, it is quite simple to understand. You get thirsty when your body lacks the water to perform the necessary chemical reactions (which require water). You are inflicted with hunger pangs when your blood glucose level is too low. The urge for intercourse is simply the drive for procreation. The urge to kill is simply the drive for survival. Religion does not teach how to get around these urges, rather it teaches how to suppress.
Simply, I do not believe in an afterlife. When you die, you simply - are you ready for this? You rot.
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