[Serious] Atheists, how do you deal with existential dread/fear of death?

[Serious] Atheists, how do you deal with existential dread/fear of death?

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  1. There’s an odd comfort in believing one day everything will just stop and I’ll never have to worry about anything anymore, I won’t even be aware I’m not alive anymore

  2. Knowing that everyone and every living thing is going to die, and that death is inevitable. It makes me view life more preciously than I did when I *was* religious in the past. Because life is temporary and not eternal.

  3. I accept what I can’t change because to do otherwise would be to diminish the value of my most precious resource: whatever time I have left on Earth. It could be decades or mere moments so I’m not going to waste it being afraid of something I cannot change.

    To comfort myself by choosing to believe in an afterlife of which there is no empirical evidence would just be self-delusion which would almost certainly mean I was also believing in plenty of other things that aren’t true leading me to make poorer decisions than I otherwise would resulting in a diminished life experience which again makes little sense given the preciousness of my time alive.

    I choose to see things as they really are in order to have the best possible life.

  4. Exact same way religious people do: Try not to think about it. Even most religious people have existential dread and a fear of death, and the ones that don’t are morons. Hence why despite the vast majority of the world’s population claiming to believe in life after death or reincarnation, there are still people in the world, and not just corpses. Religious people have just as strong fear of death as non-religious people because for various reasons they want to make the most of life first.

  5. I’m more agonistic than anything, but I don’t believe ‘God’ in the way they are portrayed in various religions is real, so close enough.

    Death is inevitable, no matter how much you achieved in life, what good or bad things you did, you’re going to die. I’m going to die too.

    And yet, each life is significant, we all can do things that affect not only ourselves but the entire world. A simple choice you make could potentially change the world, your choice could kill another person, save something, change the way people who knew you live.

    Whether we like it or not, it’s going to happen, so why not enjoy life before we have to part from it forever? Why not change the world for the better while we still have the opportunity to?

    Summarized: I don’t think about it much, I prefer to focus on things I can control, like living the way I want to live.

    ————–Have a fun existential crisis————–

  6. Embrace it. Death gives meaning to life. If you just continue to live on forever what the meaning. Things are finite and that is the philosophy of everything. On the scale of the universe we are none, so today or 40 years from now, doesn’t matter. So live happily as much as possible.

  7. I fear that my experiences here will come to an end early but I do not fear death itself. If anything I’m intrigued. There is no fear of eternal damnation, no pressure to live my life by 2,000 year old ideals. Believing that there is absolutely nothing after death is freeing, if anything.

  8. Personally, I’ve accepted death as a natural part in the circle of life. I don’t mean to sound edgy or anything like that, but the fact of the matter is that death is imminent. So, imo it’s just a matter of learning to accept that fact. I don’t believe I am afraid of death but I feel like that’s because I haven’t been exposed to deaths or funerals too often in my life to actually have a firm grip on the concept of death and bereavement, but I feel like if I were to die suddenly then everything would still be okay. I do have episodes of existential crises about dying, or just not existing at all, but I have offset those thoughts by thinking about my impact on the world and what I could (or at least hope to) accomplish before my time is up. I think the fear of death and existential crisis is rooted in the idea that you won’t *exist* anymore, but life really is what you make it. So I would rather worry about investing my time trying to leave some sort of marking on the world either by making an important contribution in the arts or academics before I die. I would like to be remembered, and that drive to be remembered is what prevents me from having an existential dread which also helps me process the realism of my eventual death.

    To directly answer your question, I deal with existential dread by looking to the future with hopeful endeavors about the things I could accomplish to get my mind off of it. I deal with the fear of death by having accepted it as a natural part of the life cycle and that the world will still keep turning even when I’m gone, but regardless of all that everything will still be okay and the sun will shine on the world another day. 🙂

  9. Acceptance. I fear dying, just like most people. But what’s better? Thinking and hoping of an afterlife, or accepting the fact that I won’t be here, or anywhere else, when the final day comes.

  10. Thought experiment – If you grew up with 10 people on an island who had no concept of religion or a deity, wouldn’t you simply conclude that your life is finite like every other creature? You’d appreciate each day and that would be it. You’d see older people die, and for 99% of us it’s a quiet affair as they fade to sleep and then pass away while unconscious.

    I grew up religious, and I think religion tries to encourage fear of death. The fear fear of death fills the offering plate and keeps people in line. Modern church leaders aren’t as aggressive as priests/popes were before Luther, but fear is still the thing that pays the bills.

    I choose to reject that fear and focus on the people I’ve personally seen pass away. There are exceptions but for most it’s quiet and, peaceful, although certainly sad.

  11. There’s nothing I can do about it (other than do my best to avoid it) so what’s the point in dwelling on it? I’ve got more important things to worry about. Climate change for example. Or how to put an end to capitalism.

  12. I’m absolutely not scared of dying since a major breakdown a few years ago. I see the time I have from that day as a bonus. I’m quite curious about what comes next honestly, after I had to deal with paranormal events a few times. At some point everything will make sense, so let’s focus on making our time here meaningful, what comes next is a surprise.

  13. I don’t, when you’re dead you’re dead, no more, you can’t feel anything, you can’t remember anything, it doesn’t scare me

    Edit: Of course I’m scared of dying young, I wanna live a life first

  14. Bad. I wish I was brought up religious so I wouldn’t have any doubt in my mind that a something else is waiting for me but even if Heaven and hell are real how long until heaven becomes hell

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