that soon we will all be nothing more than a rotting piece of flesh in a coffin? Big change in belief. I am having a hard time grasping the possibility that we will all be a rotting piece of meat in a coffin, nothing more, no afterlife for the people and animals I love (loved)...that I will one day no longer see the people and animals I love (loved). Mainly the God I believed in with all my heart and soul--or what I thought was a soul--is just magical thinking of the human brain. How do I handle this...?...that we all are just a wink in a moment of time. That you, me, them will one day be nothing more than a name...just a name in a census record...just a name. And this will happen soon especially if one considers, really considers, that the earth is literally Billions of years...Billions of years old. Billions. And billions of humans have walked this earth...nothing special about you, about me, about the people I love (loved) including the children I have loved.That we are no more when we die...just creatures who die with nothing immortal about our souls...that souls don't exist. So how does one go from believing in this to all this? Btw, I have had too much wine to drink. Because...because the thought that the mother I loved, that the animals I loved, end at the grave. It's too much for this primitive animal brain to handle.
Help me please to handle this possibility sez the secular nun. Big change...oh, yeah.
I can't tell you what to live for, but find some good reason in yourself, man. Life is fleeting and the good stuff doesn't last forever. For everything that lives there is a beginning, and an end. Ashes to ashes, dust to dust. If there is something beyond the grave, in store for us, it will take care of itself. There is nothing I can do to prove it, disprove it, prevent it, nor prepare for it. No one knows. Those who say they know are deluded. Just let it go, is my advice.
As for passed loved ones, they are alive in the past. That's how I see it. A portion of their pattern is resurrected when I remember them. So I try to remember them fondly.