Which gives life the greatest meaning and depth: believing death is the end and our life is ephemeral and therefore immensely valuable...or believing there to be an afterlife/bliss, which rewards righteous actions and service.
I just wish we'd stop writing IOUs to tomorrow for our good actions.
Hey V, there's another Veritas - no ellipse, and out of PA???!!!
This life basically equates to suffering. Everyone is suffering in one way or another at some point in their lives. This life is unjust. People usually don't get what they deserve. I don't see how some people can be so satisfied with this life.
Belief in an afterlife makes this life less meaningful because it convinces us that we are just in the waiting room of something much better. It also causes people to live in such a way that focuses on getting to the afterlife rather than living life
I've never felt that the idea of an afterlife diminishes the value of life at all. Life is immensely valuable whether we continue living or not.
This is it. Get over it. Make the most of it.
What could be more meaningful than the idea that our action on earth determine the trajectory we will follow through eternity?
*actions. Pluralize, autocorrect, pluralize.
I'm an atheist who agrees with Doopy.
I don't think one is inherently better than the other, and I don't think it should really matter. That being said, I believe we should be doing as much good as possible for the sake of humanity, not because of a possible reward, or legacy.
Man I hope there isn't an afterlife.
After afew thousand years I might get bored of doing the same shit over and over.
I feel like I have to live the best life here possible. I do believe in an afterlife but I am not cowardly (ahem wertylo) :) But I don't believe that I have a second chance in the afterlife....this is the one that counts.
I think believing in an afterlife is unrealistic and somewhat cowardly.
The only fire burning here is the passion to live a full an successful life.
You got it.
For me, once I started believing that its over when it's over my life had more meaning and purpose. I could see it being different for others.
I think you give your life its meaning, so ultimately you'll end up choosing the belief system that gives your life more meaning. Personally, I subscribe to the belief that our lives end when we die, so I picked finality. There is no right answer.
Everyone always asks "is there an afterlife?" I don't understand why anyone cares. We can't know, so why try?
So, might as well look at the utility of the belief itself. At least, that's my view.
This is my personal favorite question that you have ever asked. I have never been more indecisive when choosing an answer choice. Thanks, man.
I personally think this is the most important question I've ever asked myself. Still searching for a complete answer, but that's life, I guess. Seriously, though. The existential nihilism thing to told me about was great. Some new reading to do.
Finality. It lets you make the most of every second, because there are no do overs.
I believe in an afterlife but I don't believe it gives you a chance for a do-over. I believe we have to make the most of our life here and now. The afterlife is a place for moving on to other things not going back and fixing things.
I should restate it then, that there is no anything else, so if you don't make the most of the time you have, that's it. You've lost your chance at life because you waste it.
Gotcha. That makes it more clear. :-) Thanks!!
Finality. I don't wanna keep it up forever.
Zack for the win
When it's over, it's over.
That's not what the question asks, though.
It is asking "which gives life more meaning?", not "do you believe in an afterlife or finality?"
Zack nailed it.
Oh, well, finality. I won't do everything I want to if I think I can just finish up in my afterlife. I wouldn't help people as much, live every day like it was my last, or be kind.