I don’t believe in an “afterlife” in the sense of some supernatural disembodied “soul” or consciousness that is teleported to a magical sky-island managed by a grey-bearded overlord once we die. BUT, I do believe we all have an afterlife – and that afterlife is in what we pay forward to the world today. Our children, who will carry our genetics through succeeding generations, which is the physical part of our “after life”, but more importantly, carry forward the lessons, morality, love and passion for learning, growth and giving that we have the opportunity to share with them. What we offer to the world today, are the seeds of our afterlife we plant for tomorrow and future generations.
Congruent with that mindset, I don’t consider myself an “atheist”, no, that is too tame a term for my tastes, I consider myself an “anti-theist”, in that not only do I NOT believe in bronze-age superstitions, magic or mythologies, but I actually believe that religion is a poison and hindrance to our “afterlife” by distracting us, our mindset, our resources, efforts and life-mission, into preparing for a mythical fantasy-land, and following like sheep a book cobbled together by illiterate bronze age cult leaders, rather than focusing on doing good in, and for, the world today, in the HERE AND NOW, and applying our resources in that effort, rather than donating money to cult institutions such as churches run by master manipulators selling an invisible fairy tale god and fantasy amusement park in the sky for the deceased.
Love those around you, care, give to those around you, instill a passion for learning and science in yourself and your children, and pay it forward – THAT is your after life!
My name is Chris Swearingin, and I am the Director of The Reason Institute. Join me there.
“With or without religion, you would have good people doing good things and evil people doing evil things. But for good people to do evil things, that takes religion.”
― Steven Weinberg
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