A Terrifying Children's Book

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A Terrifying Children's Book

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1barney67
Mar 6, 2012, 12:56pm

Why is it terrifying?

"It is our fear of the void—the idea of nothingness. I recently watched my middle child awaken to the realization that death is the void, and it was awful and disturbing to see his world rocked. One major benefit of religion is that it offers an alternative to the void, something rather than nothing. But those of us who live without the solace of belief in the afterlife (and who don’t offer our children that solace, either) instead find ourselves eyes wide open in bed, imagining … nothing."

http://www.slate.com/articles/arts/books/2012/03/mo_willems_meditation_on_death_...

2Bretzky1
Mar 9, 2012, 9:10am

An essay was published in The Guardian today that was almost directly on point. You can read it here.

The purpose of the essay is to suggest a new term for atheists to self-describe. The author chose "heathen." I think I'll stick with atheist.

3barney67
Editado: Mar 9, 2012, 11:01am

A silly article. Yet another reason I don't read the Guardian.

4StormRaven
Mar 9, 2012, 11:02am

1: How silly. I didn't exist for billions of years before I was born and didn't notice it at all. After my death, I won't notice being gone either.