Is believing there is no afterlife depressing?

Asked by: watevas808
  • What could be more depressing than nothing?!; Fortunately Law of Conservation of Matter and Energy Means We Probably Live On

    The idea of nonexistence is the worst. I rather get to experience severe pain and torment for eternity than not exist. Fortunately the conservation of matter and energy suggests there is likely a continuity of consciousness in some form even if you lose all awareness you previously had in your past life and it never comes back so it's not likely we're going to experience nothing. You will never have another life that is just like this one so appreciate and enjoy it, but afterwards something has to happen.
    It's also unlikely that even a single religion has the way this works right. In time by calculating how matter/energy lines up to human consciousness science will be able to trace and prove reincarnation as a physical process that doesn't require religion.

  • Not really sure.

    I'm not confident in a answer that is why I turn to you people for understanding. I am not a atheist, so please don't hate me because of my lack of knowledge on it. On my point of view as a christian being a atheist is sad, because you have nothing to look forward to at the brink of death. It would be a depressing thought that would scare me for years and years. Thinking of death is scary as a atheist isn't it? Not living is just scary, i think of it like when you are in a deep sleep but you never wake up, no dreams or anything, just endless nothing.

  • Why then I do what I do?!!

    Very depressing. Believing there is no afterlife makes me feel myself and the whole universe meaningless, every tiny beautiful sound of a flying bird or waterfall would be meaningless. All bright colors would be black and white. All good deeds from beginning of human history to end of it would be meaningless. That's too much. How I gain hope if a catastrophe, out of my hand, occurred to me? Life would be definitely depressing.

    Believing so would destroy morale. Why then I sacrifice for others?! Why then an old man about to die is ready to sacrifice for a new born baby he will never see again shortly? Why not I abuse or steel others if it happened I get safe from consequences?

  • Sounds pretty depressing.....

    Believing that there is no life after death is kind of the same as playing a video game knowing that you can only play that video one time, and if you die then youre done and you can never play that game again.... Also the game can be really good or really bad, and you may not get to do all the missions you wanted to do before time runs out.

    Depressing right?

  • I am agnostic.

    I don't personally believe there is or is not an afterlife or god or heaven or hell. Because there is not proof, but it is not something that is easily proven or can be proven at all. But it is depressing to think there is no afterlife because I don't WANT to stop living.

  • Depends on the Hand Dealt You

    In a world where people and animals suffer the most horrendous pain and torture, it would be nice to think they would get a second chance. To those who say they have been blessed, I say why? Why were you so important to be so lucky while others are murdered, sick, and tortured? It's probably just a dream, but I still hope for something more.

  • Of course it's devastating

    Knowing my beautiful improbable life will come to permanent oblivion is so sad. Ironically, I used to wish to "have never been created" sometimes when I was religious. I can't believe it. I really hope any religion would pull throuh one day. The idea that I'll never see light again is so sad. I cannot believe the "man in the sky" could ever make anyone blind! What is life worth without vision. Many thanks.

  • It's sad, but almost acceptable.

    If our consciousness does not live on after our bodies shaved died, it's sort of similar to the time before we were born. We don't remember what it was like to not exist yet, so perhaps we won't mind not existing after we die. If, by chance, we do remain conscious after death, I think that we will each make our own dreamlike illusion of an afterlife; I don't believe that a realm was created especially for us after death. Maybe we'll be reincarnated, maybe we'll be ghosts. Maybe it'll be like Andy Weir's "The Egg." It's still scary, like the panic you get right before anaesthesia because you have to wonder: where do your thoughts go when you're unconscious?

  • Probably no afterlife

    When I had heart surgery when I was 22 my heart was stopped, I was under the deepest anesthesia, at the threshold of death, I remember waking up in the recovery room but the time between being put under anesthesia and waking was completely blank. It was like a missing chunk of time, there was no light or tunnels or any awareness at all. I am not a religious person, I'm a man of science and critical thinking, and the laws of physics say it is impossible for your mind to exist without your brain. All of these NDE experiences take place in a living brain . How does this make me feel? Very sad, if there is nothing , (and it looks like there is nothing ) than why do we go through this thing called life. Will science ever have the answer, I believe it will and we won't like it. And so the only thing left for us to do is to try and do your best and be kind to others as we are all in the same predicament.

  • Everyone is gone forever

    When (there is no if, all things will die) you die, everyone you ever cared about is gone. Everything you ever meant to say will never be said. Every single thing you've wanted to do will not happen. Eternity with your loved ones will never happen. If a relative dies early, and you ignored them for the most part, tough luck, because you'll never be able to make it up.

  • No not really. If find it...Beautiful.

    To me, a human life is a tiny blip in the timeline of the universe. We are nothing, we mean nothing, and nothing we ever do will ever amount to anything. Sure, it may matter in our tiny world, but ultimately, in a short time, just billions of years, Earth will be gone, and everything we ever worked for, everything we ever were, will be gone. Just like that. And yet life is beautiful. With life we try to build, we try to create, even though, ultimately, nothing matters. Constantly in life, we get torn down by obstacles, and yet we fight on. The world will always be the same, and no matter how many new gadgets and innovations we create it will always be essentially the same. There will be births, deaths, war, love, happiness and sadness. Life is is mostly just tragedy, but occasionally, there is a flare of brilliance, of happiness, of love, that makes all the tragedy and the futility of life worthwhile.

  • Denial of afterlife doesn't equal desire for death.

    I don't want to die either. Ever. I'd be perfectly happy existing forever, particularly if it was in a healthy non-painful way. But that doesn't mean that I have to believe in an afterlife; quite the contrary to what IBleedSkittles suggests.

    I use as an ideological balm this fact: I have no sense of what non-existence was before I was born, and the majority of evidence and reason I've applied to the mystery of death leads me to believe that it will be comprised of that same non-existence after I die. No angelic droning without the ability to change the station, and no hellfire and pitchfork torture. I find the lack of those things (or any other religious conceptions of afterlife) to be an incredible relief.

  • What of the alternative?

    How is an afterlife better than this mortal life? I believe that this is my one life and it is short and insignificant. If I believed there was an afterlife it would be more depressing, you live forever knowing how many people are living in eternal torture and you of all people are living it up. I believe that because I have one life I am obligated to life it fully and as best I can because I have no second chances.

    Besides, I know what it feels like to be dead. I was dead for 13 billion years before I was born, wasn't bad

  • It does not have to be.

    This is somewhere where I would wish to tread softly, as opposed to deliberately stomping all over people's hopes and dreams and associated beliefs... I believe that all of our history thus far reflects the fact that the concepts of nothingness and the very ephemeral nature of our existence have been difficult for our species to process without reaching out for something to assuage their brutality and finality.

    We seem to be wired to see meaning, to see patterns, to detect purpose and agency, where sometimes there is none. We have evolved to be this way because it made sense, it helped us to go on (as hope and optimism do), it served to ensure we would thrive and become successful. I feel that things are changing.

    The old myths and narratives are beginning to fray and look as if they have outlived their purpose and usefulness, they are starting to become counter-productive or ineffective in certain areas. We need new ones and it is my humble opinion that the sciences are able to step in and help us out with that.

    This life is magnificent and we are so fortunate to have the opportunity to live and experience it and all its wonders in this habitable corner of our universe - let's not waste a minute. Yes, by all means live in the present moment and make the most of your life, of your talents and skills, but let us also remember that we can have a future here, that we can protect our environment and leave a good legacy once we have gone. If the Iroquois can do it, think seven generations ahead so could we.


  • Better than the Alternative

    The funny thing is that we can all be sure that there's an afterlife. It's what happens after our lives. I find the idea of lugging my body and mind around through an undying, inescapable cosmic afterlife to be a concept that I think any intelligent person would find hellish. The funny thing about Christians and Buddhists is that they both crave personal extinction, they just phrase it differently. And perhaps there is some extraordinary continuation of consciousness upon death, but chances are it would be indescribable to us. So I maintain a Gnostic attitude. Be Christlike, help others, and learn. The Dead don't sit around in darkness lamenting their passage any more than the unborn lie excited in the womb. Extinction doesn't scare me. Eternity sucks. I'd prefer to sleep through it.

  • Logic says no afterlife

    Our creation is far from perfect some may say we are perfect but think! People who are born with handicapped challenges ( there are many) prove that afterlife does not exist. Dreams are a flaw because it's our brain working while our body is at rest and when we talk of NDE's those are nothing more than hallucinations that our brain is in fact shutting down.

  • On the contrary, I find it's the opposite

    While believing that there is no afterlife seems to be a bad thing, I think believing it doesn't exist makes our lives more meaningful. If you think you have an eternity after this, then you might not put much effort into life and let it pass by too quickly. Whereas, if you're sure there is no afterlife, you'll live every moment to your fullest and savor the time you have. I think believing you're going to have a permanent end results in life being more rewarding and blissful.

  • It benefits your life here.

    If you think about the idea a bit, considering there would be no afterlife, would you want not to make this life a heaven for all people? Imagine having one life to make this world beautiful and happy for all creatures. It seems fair to believe we thought of an afterlife as a chance to live in a perfect world, yet what is stopping us from creating a near perfect world? Having no concept of an afterlife will allow all humans to value their life more.

  • The whole process of life and death is something which is beyond our control.

    We had no control in being born, so in the same way we have no control in death. This made me think of the fact that you have to ask yourself how you would feel if you never existed in the first place. The response to this question would be 'nothing', because you have never had the chance to exist. Therefore, the fact that we do exist seems all the more remarkable because 'nothing' seems to always predominate 'something'.

  • The whole process of life and death is something which is beyond our control.

    We had no control in being born, so in the same way we have no control in death. This made me think of the fact that you have to ask yourself how you would feel if you never existed in the first place. The response to this question would be 'nothing', because you have never had the chance to exist. Therefore, the fact that we do exist seems all the more remarkable because 'nothing' seems to always predominate 'something'.

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