I find it sad and inexplicable that most of us still spend our lives in anticipation of an afterlife. An afterlife proposed and defined in ancient times by men who had very little understanding of their world. An afterlife which modern science cannot find any evidence for. A holiday camp in the sky which some believers freely give up their earthy lives to go to.
As a person of average intelligence I fail to understand why more intelligent and educated people believe in an afterlife other than the simple explanation that they just want or even need to believe.
Just as there are no words to describe my non belief in fairies or ghosts, I have up to now had to describe my non religious belief as being anti theist.
So to define my beliefs without any reference to religion I have finally joined the Humanist Association.
Reason, decency, tolerance, empathy and hope are human traits that we should aspire to, not because we seek reward of eternal life or because we fear the punishment of a supernatural being, but because they define our humanity.
I have a strong sense of awe and wonder in the world, which my cells are so fleetingly a part of, that goes far deeper for me than anything religious faith can offer.
President of the British Humanist Association