Anonymous said: I feel depressed and hugely afraid when I stopped believing in God. We can't be alone like that.
If you grew up believing in a personal god, it’s perfectly natural, when that belief dissolves, to feel scared and depressed.
I’ll use this as a metaphor: religious people are born into the world in a spacesuit. They don’t actually need this spacesuit, because they live on Earth, but they wear it their whole lives anyway. In their mind, it means something. It protects them from the harsh realities outside the suit. Losing your religion or your belief in God is like finally deciding to take off the space suit. You realize you never actually needed it and that it wasn’t actually protecting you from anything, but nevertheless, it feels weird. You feel vulnerable. You feel scared. Reality is, all of a sudden, much more intense and confusing. There’s no security. You feel like there has to be some sort of replacement for the spacesuit. How are you supposed to navigate the world’s natural environment without a spacesuit to make you feel comfortable and protected from the elements of the outside world?
Well, there doesn’t have to be a replacement. Reality just is, and no one really knows why. The meaning of your life is up to you. You have to be the one responsible for making yourself and learning about the way the world really is. You have to start from scratch and begin asking questions. There are no self-evident answers.
You’re not alone. You’re surrounded by people who love you. They are the real things bringing meaning to your life. Everyone knows deep down that existence is a mystery. Human beings are amazing things. Your brain is unfathomably complex. The universe is unfathomably beautiful, and it’s the mystery of it that makes it beautiful. You have to start seeing things in a new light, the way a person who was raised secular would see the world, or the way a baby would see the world. You now have an opportunity to discover new wonders. You’ll soon realize that nature by itself is already amazing. You’ll start to see nature the way you saw God.
This is an incredibly beautiful response to an ask that my boyfriend received. He is such an incredible writer and a thoughtful human being. His writings constantly inspire me.
"Do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Let the day’s own trouble be sufficient for the day."
Samuel Butler (via itsquoted)
"Remember this: very little is needed to make a happy life."
Marcus Aurelius (via childrenofthetao)