Apparently many Christians and Muslims feel pity for atheists because they think we are nihilistic, and live meaningless, empty lives. After all, they say, if there is no life after death, what is the point of living? Atheists cannot see any meaning to the universe, they say, because in our world view the universe is a cold, inhospitable place without purpose or design.
Well pardon me, but who’s being nihilistic now? Atheists derive all kinds of meaning and purpose, despite their impending doom and despite the fact that the world has no Creator.
Please try to be more positive, Christians and Muslims. Your life can have meaning even if you die at the end of it. And you can find your own purpose in life. You don’t have to be assigned one by a Creator. We’re not robots, you know.
When I write on this blog, do I sound nihilistic? If life is meaningless, why do I blog about it so furiously? The reason atheism is none of these things is because atheists understand the true meaning of purpose – that purpose is what we choose it to be. It can be literally anything you choose. Isn’t that an astonishing, positive thought?
“Enlighten the people generally, and tyranny and oppressions of body and mind will vanish like evil spirits at the dawn of day.” – Thomas Jefferson
Let’s move on from ancient superstitions and myths and find some meaning and values for ourselves. Stop clinging to what someone told you your life is for. Instead, choose a meaning for yourself. It’s liberating, it’s empowering.
It’s the precise opposite of nihilistic.