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24-10-2016, 01:30 AM
This being the only life can be depressing
Some people would think that this being the only life gives far more value than the idea of living on for eternity in a blissful afterlife. But, for me, it is about the context as well.

As long as this life is put within a negative context which is the idea that we will suffer much hardship and then forever decay when we die with no eternal happy ending, then that negative context has a negative effect on the value this life has for me.

I am not saying this to be childish, spoiled, or narcissist. I just find that this context has a negative effect on the value of this life and I am unable to live this life out of context. That is, I am unable to just focus on this life I have, enjoy it, and ignore that negative context of suffering here on Earth just to forever decay in the end.

However, if this life were put within the positive context of there being a happy ending (an eternal blissful afterlife where our beloved ones don't have to be gone forever), then I would find that to have an immense positive effect on the value of this life I have.

People who just focus on this life and value it as it is are living this life out of context. They are not focused at all on whether there is or is not the afterlife. They don't care if they forever rot and decay and neither do they care if there is an eternal blissful afterlife.

But for me, it is all about the context. The context has an impact on the value of this life I have and the relationship I have with my family, my hobbies, etc.
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24-10-2016, 01:37 AM
RE: This being the only life can be depressing
People depressed by this are probably natural depressives anyway.

Even otherwise rational people cannot fight genetic predisposition. Understanding and accepting that can be part of the "battle" if one is lucky.

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24-10-2016, 02:48 AM
RE: This being the only life can be depressing
Solution: Live in the moment.
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24-10-2016, 03:13 AM
RE: This being the only life can be depressing
I was speaking with a cancer specialist today regarding the great strides made in research. We came to the conclusion that the price for having a longer life, is having a longer life. Smile

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24-10-2016, 06:00 AM
RE: This being the only life can be depressing
(24-10-2016 01:30 AM)SuperMarioGamer Wrote:  Some people would think that this being the only life gives far more value than the idea of living on for eternity in a blissful afterlife. But, for me, it is about the context as well.

As long as this life is put within a negative context which is the idea that we will suffer much hardship and then forever decay when we die with no eternal happy ending, then that negative context has a negative effect on the value this life has for me.

I am not saying this to be childish, spoiled, or narcissist. I just find that this context has a negative effect on the value of this life and I am unable to live this life out of context. That is, I am unable to just focus on this life I have, enjoy it, and ignore that negative context of suffering here on Earth just to forever decay in the end.

However, if this life were put within the positive context of there being a happy ending (an eternal blissful afterlife where our beloved ones don't have to be gone forever), then I would find that to have an immense positive effect on the value of this life I have.

People who just focus on this life and value it as it is are living this life out of context. They are not focused at all on whether there is or is not the afterlife. They don't care if they forever rot and decay and neither do they care if there is an eternal blissful afterlife.

But for me, it is all about the context. The context has an impact on the value of this life I have and the relationship I have with my family, my hobbies, etc.

For me the idea that I'll live on after my body dies and go on to a better place could not do other than lessen the value of life here on earth. Knowing that my time is limited Spurs me on to live as much as possible. Like yesterday. It was a rare day for late October being warm and clear. I could have lazed around the house but instead my son and I went mountain biking, having a wonderful time and creating memories. The thought that I'm only going to have a finite number of days like that left in my life and that they are not to be wasted was present in my mind.

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24-10-2016, 07:08 AM
RE: This being the only life can be depressing
I don't find it depressing, but I can see why it may seem so.

To me, it's like going on a roller coaster or watching a movie--it's gonna end and you know it, but you still ride/watch it cuz it's freakin fun.

To me, a finite life makes it all the more precious and beautiful. It's awesome being alive.

Sure immortality might be nice after the first few centuries or millennia, but forever is a looooong time and it'll get boring quick. Not to mention it'll infinitely devalue your current life. Humans are just not made for infinity.

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24-10-2016, 07:09 AM
RE: This being the only life can be depressing
(24-10-2016 01:30 AM)SuperMarioGamer Wrote:  People who just focus on this life and value it as it is are living this life out of context. They are not focused at all on whether there is or is not the afterlife. They don't care if they forever rot and decay and neither do they care if there is an eternal blissful afterlife. [...]

Sorry, but I'd have to disagree with this. There is no "context" to this life per se. We accept what we're given, and get as much pleasure out of it as we put in to it (or not). It's a nonsense to suggest that we should also be focussed on some mythological "afterlife" when no such thing exists, and/or has never been proven to exist in the past.

A great and glorious "afterlife" was just another of the many empty promises made by power-hungry holy men as part of the good-bad, heaven-hell equation—which in itself was simply a part of the churches' manic control over the ill-educated, fearful, and therefore malleable peasantry.

But—ironically—you're correct when you say atheists "don't care" about a purported "blissful afterlife". You're born, you live, you die. And that's it my friend—there ain't no more. Cool

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24-10-2016, 07:32 AM
RE: This being the only life can be depressing
I actually find this being our only life to be extremely liberating. When I was a Christian/Catholic, I was told how I had to live my life. The church, the community, the Bible, my family, my friends--all told me how I should live my life based on some magic deity. And if I didn't, well, God's wrath and sorry, no heaven for you. That is not a life, it's a prison sentence. It's a dictatorship. I much rather have one life that I can live on my own terms being free and living the life I want and on my own terms.
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24-10-2016, 07:44 AM
RE: This being the only life can be depressing
The technical term for wanting more than one life is 'greedy'.
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24-10-2016, 08:27 AM
RE: This being the only life can be depressing
(24-10-2016 07:44 AM)Gawdzilla Wrote:  The technical term for wanting more than one life is 'greedy'.

True Gawdzilla, and isn't 'greed' one of the seven deadly sins?

It's probably a good thing we die at around 85 or 95. If we lived to be 500 years old we'd all waste more time diddling around doing nothing but childish nonsense for the first 150 years, which would be our adolescent years. When we have a shorter time period and no afterlife we get on with the business of living a lot faster.

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