Jun 7, 17 / Can 18, 01 14:48 UTC
Re: Atheists in Asgardia ¶
I would not say that our biological drive to survive is necessarily a bad thing and automatically leads to selfishness.
First off, the biological survival instinct might be felt the most pressing on a personal level, but it actually works on a wider level and always has. In many species, being tend to care for their family. They might support siblings even though it would not help spread the individuals genes, but still the family's ones, which are similar enough. The desire to spread ones genes has been a successful goal for biological evolution, since it automatically helped those spread, that are particularly good at that.
However, humanity has long since transcended past that. We moved from biological evolution to a technological one. It does not matter who is the strongest, it barely even matters who reproduces. Spreading knowledge and tools has become the much more important factor in ensuring the survival of the species as a whole. And this still gives us purpose, no matter how the universe was created and no matter if there was a 'gardener' involved or not. While each individual can always find their own purpose, we can always offer the purpose of trying to advance our horizon, expanding our knowledge for those, that do not believe yet seek a purpose.
And this is why I am agnostic. I do not think it matters whether you have a given faith or not, you can still have your own purpose, ethics and work with others for a common goal.