"I cannot imagine a God who rewards and punishes the objects of his creation, whose purposes are modeled after our own -- a God, in short, who is but a reflection of human frailty. Neither can I believe that the individual survives the death of his body, although feeble souls harbor such thoughts through fear or ridiculous egotisms."
                --Albert Einstein

It is hard for some people to believe that it will just be, well, over at death.  It's a nasty thought to swallow.  But once one accepts the concept, it is really not depressing at all, contrary to popular belief.  Knowing that this is the only chance to live, that there are no do-overs, no eternal afterlife, allows a person to live for the moment, to make the best of the life he or she has.  At the end of the day, one will only live on in the memories of others.  No more knowing, no more pain--just nothing.

And why should we be afraid of nothing?  There's nothing to fear.

Now, I know it's bad form to end a piece with a quotation, but it just seemed to fit better than any of my own words would:

Imagine there's no heaven
It's easy if you try
No hell below us
Above us only sky
Imagine all the people living for today...

Imagine there's no countries
It isn't hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion too
Imagine all the people living life in peace...

You, you may say
I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one
I hope some day you'll join us
And the world will be as one...

Imagine no possessions
I wonder if you can
No need for greed or hunger
A brotherhood of man
Imagine all the people sharing all the world...

You, you may say
I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one
I hope some day you'll join us
And the world will live as one

--John Lennon

Biblio-(yes, I did do a bit of research for this rant, if only very little)-graphy:

Bulfinch, Thomas. Bulfinch's Mythology. New York. Crown Publishers, Inc., 1979.  Print.

Lennon, John.  "Imagine." Imagine. Apple.  1971.

Slick, Matt.  "Is Atheism Viable?" Christian Apologetics and Research Ministry. 25 Jun 2013. Web.

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