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Re: Your Beliefs
« Reply #45 on: April 23, 2015, 07:59:09 pm »
I think part of people's sadness regarding no afterlife is fear of the unknown. We don't know what death will feel like as it occurs. We don't know what it's like to lose consciousness and never regain it. As my friend once said in fifth grade, "Will it just be blackness forever?" It'd probably be easier for me to cope with my dad's death if I believed he was currently in eternal paradise, rather than just dead and therefore making it impossible for me to see him again. Death is probably easier for people to accept if they know what to expect. And if you expect eternal paradise, rather than eternal nothingness, that's even easier.
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Re: Your Beliefs
« Reply #46 on: April 23, 2015, 08:29:15 pm »
My religion believes in reincarnation (which is I think marginally worse than eternal paradise/damnation.) Still I can see the appeal of any kind of afterlife (Except maybe if the Chaos Gods are real in which case yeah fuck that.)

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Re: Your Beliefs
« Reply #47 on: April 24, 2015, 08:49:34 pm »
I'm sad I missed this thread.  I'd been away for a few days.

I'm a naturalist.  I don't believe in the supernatural.  While this should make me a crazed amoral monster according to the "good" people of the world because I don't have the threat of eternal punishment hanging over my head, just because I believe that justice isn't an inherent part of the universe doesn't mean that my happiness is the only thing that matters.  If it were, I would be a nihilist.

If the definition of a secular humanist is "Be blind to race, religion and culture" then my "religion" also falls in that category.  I don't snub someone because they're a churchgoer.  But if they're fundie enough, they're already accepting a double standard that I'm going to be punished because I'm not interested in competing for (and of course, losing) the seat that they're getting next to Jesus in that Eternal Banquet.  If they aren't, they might even give me a perspective or some insight that I've overlooked.
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And we carry the weight and die for a cause.
Is misery made beautiful
Right before our eyes.

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Re: Your Beliefs
« Reply #48 on: April 24, 2015, 10:58:51 pm »
Probably a contender for the biggest non-answer, but I'm still formulating my "beliefs". Well, reformulating I guess. As awkward as it might be the schizophrenia has kind of kicked me in the religious jaw. I'd been practicing reformed Judaism, but now I'm not sure.

That said, I'm still pretty anti-magic when it comes to things, so there's that. I respect rituals that provide either discipline training or certain physical or mental benefits, but I'm firmly against stuff like burning sage to keep bad spirits away.

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Re: Your Beliefs
« Reply #49 on: April 25, 2015, 11:30:18 am »
anti-theist. i won't hate openly on believers (except bigots), but keep that stuff private, and i'll do the same, thank you very much.
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