Because it is more pleasing to the eye ?

No.

I discovered this secret of life a while ago. It is worth more because there is less of it. This is a universal principle that applies to anything that can be quantified, the less there is of something, the more it is worth. It applies to goods and currency, to materials, to human skills and qualifications. Anything of which we have an infinite supply is worthless.

Without air, we would die, but as we have an infinite supply on this planet, you’d have a job selling it to anyone. If, at some point in the future, though, we set up communities living in artificially built residential areas on other planets in the solar system, then breathable air may become a very valuable commodity.

This principle applies to time as well. If there is an eternal afterlife, then wherever we are destined to go when we die, be it Heaven or Hell, time is worthless to us, because it is infinite. Our life on Earth is relegated to the status of a mere entrance exam, only nobody knows what the criteria are, to pass. Our fleeting ownership of a physical body is rendered superficial. If we are going to live in some form or another for all eternity, then why should we really care about our life on this planet? More to the point, why should we care about other people’s lives? Belief in an afterlife undermines and devalues the importance of human life.

If, however, there is no afterlife and this is all we have, our human lives which is so rare in this universe and our time on this planet are infinitely more valuable than Gold. Our very existence in this world becomes the most treasured possession we will ever own. Our interests and well being are our own concern; there are no supernatural beings for us to worry about, and no supernatural beings to worry about us.

We can all work together with the common goal of maximizing total human happiness in whatever form it comes, and minimizing human suffering, instead of the appeasement of a deity, or the conversion or elimination of the followers of other deities.

The complexity of our bodies and the joys and pains that lie therein are a wonder to behold. The company we enjoy and the relationships we hold with our friends, family and loved ones are of great significance, and the awe of the universe we inhabit, all the more special.

Would I exchange the pain and anguish I feel about human death for the warm, blissful comfort of a spurious belief in an afterlife? Not for the world! Aside from the little matter of truth, my beliefs do more credit to the value of human life than any supernatural belief system entailing an afterlife. The despair I feel at the futility, with which human life is viewed, is the very thing that makes me human. The capacity to feel that emotion is what makes me, like every other human being, amazing. To seek suppression of my true emotions, is to deny what I am. Give me my pain any day, for a human being I am.

Murders and other senseless killings are not carried out because the killers believe their victims’ souls will survive their deaths. Only in Hindu Religion,  the fictitious Arjuna was made to believe that by the fictitious Krishna. It isn’t that simple. We live in a society that is very open to the possibility of an afterlife, and never really questions or scrutinizes it as a claim. Ghost stories, mediums’ platitudes, religious doctrines and past-life-regression anecdotes are bandied about without restrain or criticism. It is this apathy towards the question of an afterlife that creates an environment in which human life is so utterly devalued as to be considered expendable.

It is only with the growth of atheism and Secular Humanism among the science-savvy intellectuals on our planet and therefore the development of Skepticism towards the concept of an afterlife, that the price of our Earthly time will be recognized, by all, for the priceless treasure it is.

We don’t know 100% if there is an afterlife or not. But we do know 100% that we have life on Earth, and this is what we should defend and uphold to the last. Not just our own, or even those of our loved ones, but of all human beings irrespective of caste, creed or race.

What do you think ?

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Comment by Michael Penn on July 10, 2013 at 2:58pm

If there was a God and an afterlife, why did that being use ancient tribesmen to write about him and explain what we should do in life, and there are no updates on belief today? Regardless of your culture and place in our world, where are the miracles of old? What happened to God and where did he go? I believe he is right where he always was -- in the minds of men.

More believe than not, so the supply of "god knowledge" has become plentiful and useless in the world. No new Gods are needed. We have a plentiful supply of the old ones.

Comment by George on July 9, 2013 at 7:14am

"This is a universal principle that applies to anything that can be quantified"

It's not a "universal principle", it's just a standard economic model - supply and demand.  It applies to human economic behavior.

"Without air, we would die, but as we have an infinite supply on this planet"

Air is not infinite, but the volume of air on earth generally far exceeds the needs of living creatures.

"Belief in an afterlife undermines and devalues the importance of human life."

This I basically agree with, but this depends on the believer.

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