Latest post of the previous page:joke 51: Foundational
The other day I was talking with a Theist friend of mine and this is the gist of our discussion:
He: "You atheists don't have any beliefs or faiths. To you there is no God, no after-life, no Heaven, no Hell etc. Hence you have no purpose in life. What do you live for? Why do you try to wean me away from my God? What is foundational to your existence?"
Me: "Since most Atheists don't have a Church, (excluding the Satanic Temple and Pastifarians） I can only speak for myself.
First of all, entirely by chance, I was born into the Human Race. Therefore, I have the responsibility to make the World a better place for all human beings to live in. I don't spend my life buying a ticket to heaven like you do. This life is all I have so I make the best of it! The Poet Longfellow said:
"Life is real, life is earnest, and the grave (or heaven) is not the goal.
Dust thou art to dust returneth was not spoken of the soul.
Lives of great men oft' remind us we can make our lives sublime.
And departing leave behind us FOOTPRINTS ON THE SANDS OF TIME!"
Yes, there is no after-life. But humanity will honor forever the footprints of: Confucius, Jesus (the teacher, not the magician), Galileo, Bruno, Isaac Newton, Thomas Jefferson, Einstein, Alan Turing, etc. etc.
I can't speak for all Atheists but one of my priorities is to ensure the muzzling of the power of the Church/Mosque. Whenever they acquire great power then the people suffer. Five Centuries ago the Christian Church had unlimitted power and they used it to murder at least 12 million people in the Inquisition, Witch Hunts, etc. they don't do that any more today, not that they don't want to, but because we have taken away their power to do so!
Today, wherever Islam gains total power, they kidnap schoolgirls for sex slaves (they say Allah ordered them to do so), they teach their children how to behead the Infidels, they throw the gays off the roof tops, they murder millions of people because they obstruct them from establishing a world-wide Kalifate!
Don't get me wrong, I still believe in religious freedom. However, only those religions that live-and-let-live should be permitted to exist. Any religion that tries to rule the World and won't tolerate any other philosophy should be terminated!
And that, my Theist friend, is the "foundational" to my existence!