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testedspirit asked: You claim to be an atheist. Do you really believe everything ends when we die with no afterlife?
What exactly happens to us when we die is open to a bit of speculation because we really don’t have any way of being absolutely certain without experiencing it but there is absolutely no reason to think that our consciousness will carry on in any form after our death. We don’t have bodies, we are bodies. Without my brain I cease to be me, I cease to remain conscious and for all intents and purposes to me reality ends when my brain activity ends. My body will be physically broken down into its component material and continue the cycle of life and death that continually takes place around us daily. Why should we expect or even want anything more?
The greatness of life is that it is impermanent and fleeting. We are only given a brief opportunity to experience and enjoy life. Would 80 or so years really mean anything at all if you honestly thought you had eternity after? After billions of years of laying around on clouds and listening to harp music, something most people wouldn’t want to do for a few hours in real life, wouldn’t you perhaps want to experience nothing to simply try something different? There is simply no good reason to believe that any semblance of my essence will continue on past my physical life other than people want it to be true.