How do atheists view death? For me, if I was looking at a time when I would just cease to exist, that I would vanish into nothingness - that would be absolutely frightening!
I have heard some claim that as long as your memory lingers on, then you live forever. But, how long does a memory linger? Unless you are famous, your memory only lasts two to three generations at best. I have no memories of my great-great-grandparents, though I have see a picture of my great-grandmother’s family. I couldn’t even tell you their names, and family is important on my dad’s side of the family. But family relations unfortunately being what they are, some don’t even know immediate relatives. So those memories fade fast.
Even if you are famous, how long will the memory last. We remember George Washington, but only by name and the fact that he lead the Revolutionary War and was America’s first President. But that is not personal. We don’t remember the personality, which if claims of living via your memory is valid the personality must remain intact. And the only way for the personality to be remembered is to be saintly or a raving lunatic. And since atheists don’t strive for sainthood, that only leaves lunacy.
So atheists, how do you face your nearing and inevitable death?