Daily Prompt · Uncategorized

Is Life Meaningless Without a God?

As an atheist, you often come across believers of various faiths. Believers, who seem to hold the notion that life, without a god, without a deity to watch over you, is meaningless. Indeed, as a regular contributor on Quora, I have often been asked questions on similar lines which ultimately boil down to the following queries:

  • Without a god to watch over you, how do you live a fulfilling life?
  • How do you deal with the complexities of life without God?
  • As an atheist, what do you have to live for?

What do I have to live for?

Everything!

Well… not actually everything, but certainly quite a lot.

I have a family to live for. I have a few very special friends to live for. In the face of the eventuality of finding a partner in the near future and sharing my life with her, I have a future to live for.

In order to live a happy, fulfilling life, gods are not all that necessary. True, it IS a big deal for a majority of the population. But for some of us, life, without a presiding deity, is far from meaningless. We are not sacks of meat. We are our own masters. We created our past, we create our future. We are not automatons. We are more than that. Much more than that. We are humans. We are the most advanced species on the planet. We certainly ought to give ourselves a little more credit.

Life, without gods, is far from meaningless.

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Memories · Railways

A Journey Down Memory Lane

I recently came across a video by Paper Boat, which salutes the Indian Railways.

The video, as was promised, brought back old memories.

The last time I travelled long distance in a train was when I moved from Bangalore. My first journey in a First Class compartment. I cannot even remember the last time I travelled long distance in Sleeper Class. It was a long time ago.

The loud and constant sound of the wheels rattling on the rains, the distant sound of the engine and thick black smoke billowing from it. The patient wait for a glimpse of the engine when the train turned. And of course, trying to find familiar faces to get back to my seat.

Memories of a time long gone. Nowadays, flights don’t allow so many adventures.

For the curious, you can find the video here.

Controversy · Daily Prompt

Controversy, Our Daily Fix

It’s an everyday affair.

Open your Facebook feed. Scroll down your Twitter Feed. Open the newspaper. Hell… open the online version of your favourite newspaper. And it hits you right in the face.

Controversies.

Some or the other new one.

Yesterday, it was about the Uber CEO misbehaving with a driver. Today, it’s about the Founder of TVF misbehaving with former and current female employees. Tomorrow, it may very well be about a brand new obnoxious statement by a prominent politician.

What is it about controversies, that pull so many eyeballs? Grab so much attention? It all boils down to one factor.

Shock value.

The world today thrives on controversies. There’s a reason ‘Reality TV’ is so popular. The prime driving factor is, as you guessed it, controversy.

So and so slapped so and so on Prime Time Television. So and so posted a racist/sexist tweet. So and so had a drunken brawl at a club. It all leads to almost a day-long analysis on every news-channel worth its salt, and that follows even more chatter online.

At the end of the day, what does it all achieve?

Diddly squat!

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