Category Archives: Philosphy

Evil, Suffering, Death

In the Facebook group, Creation Evolution Debate, one Christian creationist user posted the following question, apparently equating the acceptance of the evidence for evolution with atheism:

“Say there is no God, and you are basically good.” Then, where does evil come from? And where does suffering come from? And why do people die?

I responded as follows:

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Once more, I venture into the realm of the obvious.

We atheists are often asked about meaning.  How do we find meaning in life without God?  For an atheist, what is the meaning of life?  For me, the answer to that is pretty simple: meaning is personal.  There is no inherent meaning to anything; something only has meaning to the extent that it means something to someone.  When asked, “What does it mean?” one can reply, “What does it mean to whom?”

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On not having children

I’m a grampa and I enjoy it but I cleverly managed to get there without procreating.  Let’s hear it for having grandchildren without going through all the muss and fuss of raising kids!  I don’t desire offspring, for reasons that are both rational and selfish, and, frankly, I have a hard time understanding those who do want to burden the planet with their spawn.

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