So your drinking pretty heavily........so was I and you know I forgot to thank the WTBT$. It was probably one of the best spiritual things I got from the religion.
Ok I'm joking. I'm in my young 70's and a timely death is in my near future. How do I feel about that? Well I feel 50. I feel love for my wife, my son, my grand kids and close friends.
How meaningful was my life? Well it still is. When my wife and I walked out of the religion in our young 20's we had to adjust for a couple of years. Start our lives over. You have to give yourself a chance to learn about the real world especially those things that make living and loving so special.
A lot of the folks on this forum are secular humanists a lot of us didn't even know it.
Secular humanism is broader than atheism and you sound like you need to add some principled thinking to your life.
- A conviction that dogmas, ideologies and traditions, whether religious, political or social, must be weighed and tested by each individual and not simply accepted by faith.
- Secular humanists see themselves as undesigned, unintended beings who arose through evolution, possessing unique attributes of self-awareness and moral agency.
- A primary concern with fulfillment, growth and creativity for both the individual and humankind in general.
- Search for truth – A constant search for objective truth, with the understanding that new knowledge and experience constantly alter our imperfect perception of it.
- This life – A concern for this life (as opposed to an afterlife) and a commitment to making it meaningful through better understanding of ourselves, our history, our intellectual and artistic achievements, and the outlooks of those who differ from us.
- Ethics – A search for viable individual, social and political principles of ethical conduct, judging them on their ability to enhance human well-being and individual responsibility.
- Justice and fairness – an interest in securing justice and fairness in society and in eliminating discrimination and intolerance.
- Building a better world – A conviction that with reason, an open exchange of ideas, good will, and tolerance, progress can be made in building a better world for ourselves and our children.
- If you checked off a number of these commitments and hopes....... you have got the guiding principles for a life worth living.