I personally believe in karma, so that's why I choose to go good things and be as honest and loving as I can. I do not call myself an atheist, but more of an agnostic. I have my reasons for not being religious, but I feel as if we all have Souls and there is a great mystery that religion has tried to solve but cant.
Do you believe in anything life that? Cause to my understanding, atheists do not believe in any of that, including karma.
Im not starting a debate, just curious what kind of atheist you are.
I think you may be doing yourself down a bit here. Is it really only fear of the consequences that keep you from doing bad things (or the rewards of doing good)?
I'll bet you're not that different to me. I'm an atheist. I don't believe that I will face the consequences of anything bad I do, in the next life or an afterlife. Yet I don't steal, I try not to harm others, I've never struck any of my children and never in my life thrown a punch (and as I'm getting on a bit now I don't intend to start soon). So, why not?
I believe it's because I see value in other people's lives that I see in my own. I empathise with others. I believe if you do right by someone, they'll do right by you. I won't do to others that which I wouldn't want done to me, etc....
Edited by Arbenol68, 18 April 2012 - 04:55 AM.