ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Non-believers: Relax about Death

Updated on July 22, 2009

Thinking about The End?


Whether you consider yourself an Agnostic, Athiest, Non-believer, or Secular (fill in the blank), you may have a little anxiety about your own mortality.  Relax, it’s no biggie.  If you’re like me, you may have imagined yourself stuck in box in a dark hole in the ground.  Doesn’t seem like that would be a lot of fun, right?  Or maybe you imagined yourself missing your friends and family and favorite activities.  Well I’m here to tell you - don’t worry about a thing.  You’ll be just fine.  It might suck for those left behind missing you, but you will be okay.


Look at it this way.  Can you remember anything from the time before you were born?  No, of course not.  You might be able to imagine what things were like from historical accounts or anecdotes from older people but you don’t have any personal memories of that time.  You can’t even remember yourself as an enthusiastic little sperm, frantically racing towards your other half.


That’s because you didn’t exist before then.  None of us existed before we were conceived.  What did we experience back then?  Nothing.  Absolutely nothing.  It wasn’t so bad was it?  We don’t remember ourselves thinking “Aww shit.  How long is this going to take before I start existing?”  We don’t remember floating around in some dark void awaiting our arrival.  And that was a long time not existing.  From the big bang until our birth was probably billions of years.  I don’t recall those years being so bad.


So when we finally cash in our chips, it will be just like the way it was back then.  Nothing we haven’t dealt with before.  Nothing we can’t handle.  We can think of it like this.  If we don’t experience anything before our existence, and nothing after, then it’s like we don’t have to acknoledge ever being non-existant.  There’s no point.  Except for when making a will or deciding on life insurance, there’s really no point in thinking about it at all other than to motivate us to get certain things done before that final deadline.


If a long string represents a timeline of your life – beyond the ends of the string there is nothing really noteworthy.  You could tie one end of the string to the other and see it as a circle with nothing outside it other than other circles that represent the lives of others which occasionally intersect our own.  Some circles just briefly touch ours and others are connected along a large portion of our circle.  For all intents and purposes, we could see ourselves as being immortal since we will never experience our own non-existence.  How’s that for a new perpective?  Now you can go on with thinking about more positive things. 


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment
    • Mike360 profile imageAUTHOR


      11 years ago from The Milky Way


    • penningl profile image


      11 years ago from U.S.

      Great article, as an athiest, I personally am not afraid of death because of the simple fact that I'll be dead. Couldn't do much worrying or complaining even if I wanted to. Which is basically what you were saying but in a much more interesting way. Again, great article.

    • Mike360 profile imageAUTHOR


      12 years ago from The Milky Way

      Thank you!

    • Quilligrapher profile image


      12 years ago from New York

      This is a good hub, Mike. I like the way you put the world on a string. The image of intersecting, overlapping arcs is a nice touch. You definitely succeeded in giving the subject a positive upbeat tone. I was particularly amused by your suggestion that only the ones left behind had to deal with any unpleasantness.


    • EYEAM4ANARCHY profile image

      Kelly W. Patterson 

      12 years ago from Las Vegas, NV.

      I put it in my will that I want to be buried with a cell phone, just in case...

    • glassvisage profile image


      12 years ago from Northern California

      Life is a string... You do have a great attitude about all this, and I have to say I got a kick out of it as a nonbeliever myself :)


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
    ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)