Combating Nihilism as an Atheist

GarrettMc (@GarrettMc) 7 years, 3 months ago

Before we begin I think it might be useful to know that I am a pantheistic atheist.

Now I go to a Catholic high school and a question I have been asked on a couple occasions by both classmates and religion teachers is “What purpose do you feel your life has? ”

The typical atheist response is along the lines of ‘I give my life my own purpose’. Now I agree with that statement but one day I realized I wasn’t sure why I felt that. So naturally I spent a significant amount of nights awake pondering this question.

“Why can I give my life purpose? ”

After a brief existential crisis I emerged with an answer that I felt worked.

We must begin with the atheistic stance that only the natural exists, the supernatural (probably) does not. This stance of pure naturalism led me to the greatest realization… that I am the universe aware of itself. Without the belief in a soul, I was left to wonder what I am. What I am. The conclusion I drew was that I am not in the universe, nor a part of the universe, I am the universe.

This realization is freeing, but not complete. Now I had to understand what this meant.

I came to realize that my body, my brain is a channelling of the universe into a conscious state. Whatever it is that I sought, is what the universe seeks… because remember we are all the universe. So if I desire to be happy, the entire universe has decided to be happy though my body. If I desire to eat chocolate, same rules apply.

So I don’t face nihilism, quite the opposite. I have potentially infinite purposes of life.
And that makes me happy, it also makes me laugh. I think laughter is the sign that you actually figured existential shit out… Well, I guess it could end in tears as well if you found existence to be pointless, but I laughed.

February 18, 2015 at 10:27 pm
Soul Finder (60) (@Inthebalance) 7 years, 2 months ago ago

This must be one of the most powerful realizations to expirience-breathtaking. I want to mention, the non-dogmatic or institutionalized spiritual concepts discribe the same theory-but replace the word Universe with God, Spirit, or Higher Power. That we are the enbodiment of that, so it exists through concious beings. They are all the same thing, God, Budha, Universe, Hoka pooka, whatever, they mean the same thing, humans just get comfused by which words should mean what. :) <3

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GarrettMc (59) (@GarrettMc) 7 years, 2 months ago ago

Thanks for the reply. As I did some research (as I usually Shi after a thinking session), I find that a concept which closely reflects what I said is know as “Spinoza’s God” and also the Tao (alhough there are concepts of Taoism I don’t agree with). Look it up if you have time, it’s kind of interesting.

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LVX (297) (@Vovinawol) 7 years, 2 months ago ago

Contradict much? That would be like wiping up a spill with a soaking wet rag since Nihilism and Atheism is mostly the same thing. It seems that something is telling you that you are neither.

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GarrettMc (59) (@GarrettMc) 7 years, 2 months ago ago

I’m not purely atheist, in the first sentence I said I was also a panthiest.

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JustinDanger (41) (@JustinDanger) 7 years, 2 months ago ago

Your purpose in life at the moment is to find faith once again and realize that purpose of all nature is expression of God.

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GarrettMc (59) (@GarrettMc) 7 years, 2 months ago ago

I tried faith, it didn’t work for me. Also, which God are you referring to because there are thousands of them.

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LVX (297) (@Vovinawol) 7 years, 2 months ago ago

There are many deities, yes. but only one God because God is a process and not a deity.

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JustinDanger (41) (@JustinDanger) 7 years, 2 months ago ago

Faith is not something that can be acquired through trial, it is acquired through surrender.

This is a mistake many make.

One cannot win faith like they win money, faith simply fills the void of removing the need to control the world around you.

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LVX (297) (@Vovinawol) 7 years, 2 months ago ago

Faith is the first wrung of the ladder and there are 72 or more on this ladder. Shall we all just stand on this wrung for another whole lifetime? The age of Pisces is over now. It is now the age of Horus and/or Aquarius.

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GarrettMc (59) (@GarrettMc) 7 years, 2 months ago ago

What?

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LVX (297) (@Vovinawol) 7 years, 2 months ago ago

Deep study will serve us well.

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JustinDanger (41) (@JustinDanger) 7 years, 2 months ago ago

You’re going way to far to say such things to someone who is struggling to maintain a basic conception of God.

Also, could people stop saying the Age of Pisces is over, because it’s clearly not over yet. Until the current world completely collapses we can’t be saying IT’S OVER. Over for you maybe, but look at the world around you.

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LVX (297) (@Vovinawol) 7 years, 2 months ago ago

Whatever serves you. If the world can’t see that it’s a new age then it’s not my fault.

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LVX (297) (@Vovinawol) 7 years, 2 months ago ago

It’s all merely tough love after all. We get in life what we need even if it hurts.

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JustinDanger (41) (@JustinDanger) 7 years, 2 months ago ago

I’m a little unclear how it can be a New Age if people haven’t changed.

Maybe you’re saying we’re in the very infancy of the Age of Aquarius?

Or perhaps we’re at the darkest dawn before the great light of Truth shines upon the world.

Either way, we haven’t advanced yet, and until we do I’m not going to say we’re there.

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LVX (297) (@Vovinawol) 7 years, 2 months ago ago

Not to be confused with the golden age.

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JustinDanger (41) (@JustinDanger) 7 years, 2 months ago ago

Okay now I gotcha

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JustinDanger (41) (@JustinDanger) 7 years, 2 months ago ago

I looked into this a bit more and you’re right we are totally in the Age of Aquarius, but that’s old news it seems.

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LVX (297) (@Vovinawol) 7 years, 2 months ago ago

Yes, the popularity of it all went out with the hippies in the late 60’s lol! Only those of a Hermetic nature take any notice of the influence.

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LVX (297) (@Vovinawol) 7 years, 2 months ago ago

A new age does slowly enter as the old one fades out yes. Unfortunately most don’t bother about either age because we are too busy with greed and feeding lowly desires The world and it’s leaders are very good at keeping our attention on worldly matters. If we don’t notice a positive influence taking effect in the world, then those in power can keep their power.

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