Richard Dawkins famously said, “We are going to die, and that makes us the lucky ones.” His point was that there were so many things that had to happen for us to be alive, and so many reasons we shouldn’t be here, that we ought to embrace the “miracle” of life while we have it.
Religious people often criticize atheists for thinking “this is it.” As if we have to believe in an afterlife or there’s no point to anything. But as this video brilliantly explains, there’s plenty of reason to be optimistic even if it’ll all be over in a blink of the universe’s eye.
My favorite part: “If the universe ends in heat death, every humiliation you suffer in your life will be forgotten. Every mistake you’ve made will not matter in the end. Every bad thing you did will be voided. If our life is all we get to experience, then it’s the only thing that matters. If the universe has no principles, the only principles relevant are the ones we decide on. If the universe has no purpose, then we get to dictate what its purpose is.”
Think of all the amazing things that bring joy to your life. And realize how rare it is that get to enjoy all that. Make the most of it. Help others experience it.