Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Pascal's Wager...

Pascal's Wager often gets used to imply that I have nothing to gain from being a non-believer. The only thing worth winning is the chance at an afterlife that has never been proven to exist.

I just want to make it clear that if you become a non-believer, you also have everything to gain from it. You no longer have to live in fear of a hell that probably doesn't exist. You get to learn and embrace the amazing world and universe as it truly is. You get to awe at a night sky, understanding that the light from those stars is actually hundreds of light years away and you are seeing the past. You get to live without superstition... without the idea that if you just prayed hard enough good things will happen to you. You get to realize that sometimes shitty things just happen, and it's not because you are a bad person, but because things just happen. You get to realize that you are truly connected to every single living thing on this planet; you get to treat animals and plants and ecosystems as you would a distant cousin. You realize that every single person is equal because it's basic human rights. You get to spend your Sunday mornings volunteering, instead of praying for a reward after you die and forgiveness for things that you shouldn't feel guilty for. You get to live a life without guilt. You don't give some people better treatment because of something written down two thousand years to control the masses. You get to give thanks where thanks is due, like to doctors and researchers and firefighters for saving peoples' lives. You get to realize that life is here and now. You treat each day as special and important and with awe because the very fact that you are here is amazing. There could have been millions of people in your place (judging from the amount of sperm that COULD have made it)... yet it's you! The list is endless. I get to enjoy all those things; so yes, I had and still have a lot to gain for not being a believer.