> Seems like a sad life to me.
First, a minor clarification. Atheism doesn't entail "faith in nothing". It entails an absence of faith. Subtle difference, perhaps, but important, I think.
Some atheists do lead sad lives, but many lead very happy and fulfilling lives. Just like believers. There are lots of happy atheists. I'm one.
I consider atheism, and more broadly rational thought, to be the most honest and respectable way to live one's life; unblinkingly facing the facts of life and your own mortality, without looking through the Jesus-colored glasses to make the eventuality of your death, your non-existance, and the seeming pointlessness of your life less scary.
In a million years, no one will remember you or anything you did. Or me. Or probably Caeser, Socrates, Lincoln, Eddie Van Halen or Carrot-Top or any of the characters of the bible either. They and we will all be gone in the truest sense of the word; but that doesn't mean our lives can't have meaning for ourselves and the ones we love. Right here. Right now. I think life is actually much MORE precious because it doesn't last forever. It is a limited commodity, something to be enjoyed and made the most of in the HERE and NOW, because you really won't get a second chance at it.
I find atheists tend to be among the noblest of people too, because they don't turn away from the facts, from knowledge, from reality. Instead, they face it without placebos, without having to believe without evidence in a benevolent, although invisible, master that will kill the scary monsters and keep them safe even after they die.
They also tend take responsibility for their faults, and likewise to put the credit where credit is due. They know that the only ones who can straighten out their lives when they go astray are they themselves. Ever wonder why there are so many Christians in prison and so few atheists? Most atheists know you can't fix your life by simply wishing (praying) for it to be so!
Most also know that if they conduct themselves maliciously, it isn't any god they owe an apology to, and they don't just assume they're forgiven for any and all malicious acts when they pray for it, either. They don't think they can make amends just by asking a magical man in the sky to forgive them. You owe amends to the people you injure, and if you're going to fix your life you will have to do it yourself, and with the help of people you love and who love you. Real, actual flesh and blood people...
Atheism, for me, is extraordinarily liberating. It is a fulfillment of a promise I made to myself long ago to take reality at face value and not try to trick myself into thinking its something it's not. And to understand that the real people you live with and love, and the things you do to make their and your lives better are what really count.
...And not trying to rack up brownie points to make some undetectable magic sky-man happy on the off chance that the mishmash of people who wrote and compiled the book that describes him is spot on about who he is and what he wants. AND that he'll then like me enough to somehow take me to his magic paradise after I'm dead to be blissfully happy and never get suicidally bored with him for the uncountable googol-plex to the googol-plexth power times infinity millenia to follow.
But that's just me.
I have found out a lot of interesting information about the various religions practiced. I have asked about their beliefs when they seemed contradictory. Patiently things were explained. By the end of the discussions, my reasoning seemed to prove them wrong on every belief. But they said they had faith, so it didn't matter. They even thanked me for helping them find their faith and feel more deeply committed to their religion. I didn't feel threatened by that, as I, too, felt more comfortable with my own beliefs after the discussions.
One thing I feel a bit guilty about, though, is when Christians of various ages, races and denominations visit my home hoping to discuss things and get me to join their church. What I do is kindly ask them to name as many of the 10 Commandments as they can on the spot. I've never seen anyone get past three. Then I kindly ask them to study up a bit before coming round to talk to me. I feel guilty because it's so easy to turn their heads around and make them suddenly unsure of what exactly they are doing. I remember the 10 Commandments along with the five pillars of the Muslim faith, etc. It is strange to me how many Christians feel so much faith and devotion when they don't seem to know what they are devoted to.
Anyway, I went to college and studies up on Amurrikuh. I am aware that my moral compass is certainly influenced by the major religions of the world, and I'm OK with that. I believe in honesty, kindness, and love.
I think that faith is faith (trust) in something or someone period. I don't think it needs to be labeled religious faith vs another kind of faith. Can you explain what you mean?
Merry_everything brought up faith in people...chill dude.