the Dao of Atheism :jeffers' petroglyph, pre-dakota, minnesota : the Shaman Atheist 50/81


In wanting to live life more fully
one dies.

Some people live forcefully in order to evade death.
Some people die within themselves in order to evade life.
Some people just survive with a human body
as life becomes a thing to have or get or lose.

But others who follow the way seem to be impervious
to car accidents or woods at night or the bomb.
Stray cars find nothing to hit,
the woods contain no lions or tigers or bears,
the bomb finds no bodies to burn.

Because people prepared to die live
and those prepared to live die.
Life generates death
and death life.

Atheists live close to death.
Even though theists promise other theists
choices of an afterlife,
for good or for bad belief,
atheists have no such promise.
Such promises are too good to be true.

No reward, no threat
no karma, no cycle of soul
no way to try again
no god/dess to meet
no answers to gain ...
no thing to lose.

Life's meaning is gained by creating it
through tradition, culture, love

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