||[Apr. 6th, 2004|06:07 pm]
It appears I haven't updated this LJ since January.|
Getting a job, then quickly losing it right before you need to pay rent will do that, I suppose. Also, I didn't own my own computer till a month or so ago.
Anyhoo. Enough of the excuses!
So I says to Mabel, I says, "Atheists appreciate life more than religious folk."
*Note, this is an actual conversation, or rather a close approximation to one. But her name isn't Mabel. That was a joke.
"Oh, really? Why do you say that?"
"Well think about what happens when you die. Where do you go?"
"I'm going to Heaven. Or maybe I'll get re-incarnated. Or maybe I'll just become One with the Universe."
"Uh-huh. Right. You know what I think happens to me when I die?"
"I decompose and rot. That's it. It's over. There's nothing. Game over. The end."
"Not really. That's just the way it goes. Saying it's depressing is like saying the fact that grass is green is depressing. It's just green. People die. That's what it is."
"So why do Atheists value life more than religious folk?"
"Well, you think you're going somewhere. You think your 'spirit' or 'essence' will live on. I don't. For me, when I die, that's it. That's the end. It's very serious business. For you, it's just a road-bump."
"I wouldn't say that."
"Really? Well when you die, are you going to be buried?"
"Nah, I'm going to be cremated."
"Cremated you say? Why?"
"Decaying in a little box is disgusting."
"Ok. Well what about freezing yourself? You might get to be revived."
"UGH! No way, that's even more disgusting. I'd rather be buried."
"So rather than give yourself the possibility of continued life, you'd prefer to erase any doubt that once you die, you're not coming back?"
"Uh, I guess. Why would I want to come back anyway? Everything would be different. I might be ugly. People might see my frozen body. Ick!"
"I rest my case."
"Oh. Well maybe you're right. See ya!" *runs off to consult an astrology book.