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Why can't atheists know true happiness?

I have neighbors(friends) and have had friends that were atheists.

They really did not have that sparkle of happiness in their eyes or reactions to life in general.

If a humans only reason to live is to grow old and die there is no sparkle of hope.

Free will encompasses more than just knowing good from bad.

Knowledge of where your existence is leading promotes self worth.

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"I know 7 people who are atheists and none of them are ever happy! I worked with them all for 23 years and not one day went by that they were happy. We had a company cookouts every year all the food that you can eat, all the drinks that you want. Large swimming pool, tennis court, and baseball games going etc.

We actually got paid 4 hours to be at this party. And these people were just miserable the whole time. It was not mandatory to go. But if you wanted extra money you went plus it was a great time. They were not happy!

I have never met a happy atheist yet! I'm getting to wonder if there is any such thing as a happy atheist. I'm sure there is just haven't met them yet. At this point I know 18 families who are atheists and none of them are happy!"


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  • 1 decade ago
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    I can't believe the none of these people are happy.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    First of all, you don't have any atheist friends, so stop your lying. The fundamentalists I know wear a permasmile and an absent look in their eyes, so you're right, I prefer sobriety rather than walking around like a grinning idiot.

    My life is full of more joy than you can imagine. I have everything that matters most to me. But believe whatever helps assuage your fear of death.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    If you define "happy" as having delusional belief in a mythical god for which there is no evidence of any kind...then you're correct, we atheists will never be "happy."

    If, however, you define "happy" as satisfied with life, enjoying every day of the one short life we know we'll have, being curious about the world, and striving to make a good life for yourself and your children...then every atheist I know, including myself, is happy.

    So I guess it's all in your definition, isn't it?

    I find your "quote" amusing -- the atheists weren't "happy" being in a fancy place with all sorts of worldly amenities and getting extra money...sounds pretty materialistic to me, and material things rarely make *me* happy. Are you saying they should? Isn't that sort of the opposite of standard christian philosophy?


  • 1 decade ago

    Well, they say ignorance is bliss ¬_¬

    And that person knows 7 people who are atheist, but then suddenly it's 18 whole families? I smell a rat.

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  • All the Atheists I know are quite happy and content.

    Perhaps, the Atheists of whom you speak are just surly because they have evangelical Christians around that just won't leave them alone. I know I'm not very happy when I'm being nagged.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Just one more example of the nasty, mean minded attitude christians have towards anyone that doesn't share their delusions.

    Incidentally, I would imagine most of the atheists you know are perfectly happy when you're not around.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    you must be referring to those are suffering from dealing with christians all the time. trying to be an emotional support for people who live a life of fear can be very draining. atheists who don't live in the bible belt are normally happy...

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    And going to heaven brings happiness?

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Quite arrogant of you, acting like you know exactly what every single atheist is feeling.

    Quite to the contrary, I'm a very happy person (most of the time), and I try to brighten up everyone else's day when I can.

    You seem quite bitter, though....

    Source(s): ((((hobbit))))
  • 1 decade ago

    Maybe your ideas of happiness is not shared by everyone. Or, to put it differently, do you know a true Scotsman when you see him?

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