“If each individual person passes out of existence when he dies, then what ultimate meaning can be given to his life? Does it really matter whether he ever existed at all? His life may be important relative to certain other events, but what is the ultimate significance of any of those events? If all the events are meaningless, then what can be the ultimate meaning of influencing any of them? Ultimately it makes no difference.”
~William Lane Craig, The Absurdity of Life Without God
Today I was reminded of William Lane Craig’s words while reminiscing about a Reese’s Fast Break I’d eaten yesterday, in celebration of getting off work.
I don’t know why.
My mind goes to weird places sometimes.
Remembering how good one of my favorite candy bars tastes, I thought of the wrapper that covers it:
Imagine that this wrapper is your life, and the candy inside it is what you do with your life.
Eventually, this wrapper is going to “die” — i.e., end up in the trash.
That doesn’t stop you from enjoying the candy inside it.
Have you ever picked a Fast Break (or other candy) off the shelf, paid for it, than, before unwrapping it, thought to yourself What’s the point? This is just going to end up as waste anyway, than dropped the candy on the ground, leaving it behind?
I would say “No.”
What you have done, I would venture to guess, is follow Ron Weasley’s example and eat the candy:
My point is:
The candy’s eventual demise doesn’t stop you from enjoying it.
I would like to think it is the same with life, if you are an atheist and, thus, believe that life ends “in the garbage” — i.e., at death, with no possibility of an afterlife.
Just like a person is able to enjoy candy in spite of the fact that the candy will eventually end up as waste, a person who believes this life is all there is can still live a life that brings them peace and joy.*
Because: To quote Eleanor Lamb:
“If utopia is not a place, but a people, than we must choose carefully.”
You can live the best life ever.
You just have to choose too…
*I believe in an afterlife, and it was all the beauty and possibilities that life offered that was one of the reasons I didn’t commit suicide.