I've written about how loss, including death, is necessary for life and change to be possible. I've written about death as a natural, physical process, one that connects us intimately with nature and the universe. I've written about the idea of death as a deadline, something that helps us focus our lives and treasure the people and experiences we have now. I've written about the idea that our life, our slice of the timeline, will always have existed even though we die. I've written about how things don't have to be permanent to be meaningful.
In the last few months, I've been dealing with some of death's harsher realities.
So I've been thinking a lot lately about how atheism, and humanism, can help us deal with death -- and with life. Not just in an abstract philosophical sense; not just in a "creating a meaningful frame for our lives" sense. I've been thinking about how we can apply atheist philosophies in a practical way. I've been thinking, not just about how these philosophies can help us face death, but about how they can improve the way we live our life.
Thus begins my latest piece for AlterNet, Why Atheists Are Better Prepared for Death Than Believers. To find out more about how atheist philosophies of death can be applied in practical ways, to help us make better decisions about death and life, read the rest of the piece. Enjoy!