A Life Without Religion

             Can a satisfactory life be achieved without having any belief in a supreme being? Yes, it can. Many people of the United States as well as the world are atheists and lead satisfactory lives. .

             What defines a satisfactory life? Is a satisfying life one filled with money, material possessions, and a loved one? Or is it just one with a loved one and family who cares about you? To define what a satisfactory life would be biased and . Reason being, what is satisfactory to one person, may not be to another. Could a satisfying life mean that after you die, there is something else for you? Something such as heaven, hell, or reincarnation are examples of what people who follow religion believe in. If believing means a fulfilling life, then atheists may not be able to live a satisfying life. But again, who is to say what a satisfying life is. It is different for everyone. .

             Underlying the claim that religious beliefs are not necessary to live a satisfying life, is the assumption that a life with religious beliefs is a superior way of existence. Statistically speaking, this is true. According to the 2002 World Almanac, about 92 percent of the population of the United States has a religious affiliation. Approximately 2.5 percent of the remaining 8 percent goes to the atheists with the remaining 5.5 percent going to the people who either did not respond or are agnostic. This data is represented again in The Christian Encyclopedia, by David Barett where he defines the "anti-religious” group as "those people who are free thinkers, or those who are completely opposed to all religion.” These statistics show that religion is not seen as a requirement of a person who wishes to live a satisfying life. It shows that approximately 2.5 percent of the world population is living without beliefs and possibly happy. There, however, will always be a group of people who believe in religion who are not happy and also a group of non-believers who are not happy.

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