I have started to lean toward atheism lately and I have always wondered whats Atheists look for instead of God when they are down or depressed?
Since they don't believe in a higher power or higher calling, does it take away the "hope" and make you more depressed?
And to be honest we are living in a pretty messed up world at the moment... without the intervention from God then we are unlikely to be able to rehabilitate the situation.
If we all just happened, say in the Big bang theory, and we are going to be dust again one day then there isn't a justifiable reason to stay alive (and don't do anything stuiped I'm just talking theoretically).
But through atheism how can you rationalise things like love? Like friends or family who have gone out of their way to help you?
well you can still rationalize friendship, love , and all the emotions, and I guess being atheist will work if you are not depressed, and relatively successful, but i guess my question is what if your depressed and an atheist
That works when you are not depressed archeon..enjoying small moments and what not...but when you are depressed alot of the times your looking for an answer, or some sort of hope that things will get better and at that times i guess believing that there is a god and heaven waiting for you makes you feel a little better?
I am an agnostic, I will like to beleive there is a God but really I have no proof he/she exists. It is a nice belief to have but years ago I lost it. Like many of you said here I looked forward to other things such as making my mother and little brother happy, like enjoying my time with family and friends and the possibility of doing something good with my life.
Religious people are less likely to commit suicide as they believe only God decides when someone must die. suicide is considered a serious sin in many religions so no matter how depressed a religious person may be they will never think about committing suicide, rather they will reach out to the church and to God for guidance and strenght. Is there a God? a Heaven? Well, we all have our own believes and I believe there is a God and no matter how bad things are in the end things do work themselves out.
Vonnegut was an atheist and a humanist. So was Voltaire. Humanists see great beauty in humanity, and are concerned with ending the suffering of their fellow humans everywhere. Helping your fellow humans and working to make the world better, safer, more fair, and more peaceful for everyone is a powerful feeling. Whenever I am filled with despair, I remind myself that for all the bad things people do to each other, there are good people committing selfless acts out of empathy for others every single day.