It may manifest in less time wasted, more fears overcome, and kinder interactions with others.
But in this case, thinking it’s true won’t necessarily bring this about – it’s more of a “gut level” thing.
In this sense, I feel that Montaigne’s quote above throws the baby out with the bathwater.
A favorite of mine, in a similar vein to the Seneca the Younger quote: “If we go back to the beginning we shall find that ignorance and fear created the gods, that fancy enthusiasm or deceit adorned them, that weakness worships them, that credulity preserves them, and that custom respect and tyranny support them in order to make the blindness of men serve their own interests.” -Baron d’Holbach “I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use.” -Galileo …Although ambiguous, it is provocative considering yet another quote by a mind of approximately equal influence…
It’s both a Stoic and Buddhist practice to attempt to remind yourself that not only will you be dead one day, but that it might well be the last time you see every single person you encounter.
An intellectual assent to this proposition only gets one so far; but with practice, as this sinks into “the heart” (choose another metaphor if this one’s unappealing to you), it may radically change the way you interact with people and how you live your life for the better.
All we who are dead below Have become bones and ashes, but nothing else.I love the quotes, but found the first one humorous since it is on *my* list of atheist quotes I disagree with. Most religious people reject other gods, not from some deep analysis of the likelihood they might exist, but rather because they aren’t the god they grew up with.You never see animals going through the absurd and often horrible fooleries of magic and religion…. But there are many I disagree with, for example “All thinking men are atheists” (Ernest Hemmingway).Or consider this Julian Baggini quote: “Goblins, hobbits… God is just one of the things that atheists don’t believe in, it just happens to be the thing that, for historical reasons, gave them their name.” Actually, no.Philosophy has taught us to worship that which is divine, to love that which is human; she has told us that with the gods lies dominion, and among men, fellowship. I wonder how accurate this is to the original though:“Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it.