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If there is no afterlife?... 

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2,936 deviants said That makes your life infinitely valuable.
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1,949 deviants said Both
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947 deviants said That makes your life valueless.

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Halfmoon-Media Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Then it's even more important to live like their is one. You still make an impact on people's lives, one way or the other. Might as well leave a good one :)
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Zinfer Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012  Student Digital Artist
where does this value come from?
I say it's valueless if there is no afterlife. If someone can explain why we are any more valuable than a rock I'd love to discuss that with you.

Once again, I believe everyone is eternally valuable because we are created in God's image and we have a soul.
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moni158 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012  Student Filmographer
Value is man-made. We give things value ourselves. If you think there is not value in your life? then their isn't any but if you choose to cherish your life and live every second for enjoyment and to the fullest then your life is as valuable as it gets.

I don't believe in souls or deitys and I consider life precious and invaluable because it is finite. Life is precious because it is meaningless. We don't need to be here? it achieves nothing at all and yet it is a wonderful experience we are lucky to have.
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Zinfer Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012  Student Digital Artist
i agree, i think life is very valuable and we should live it to its fullest :)

if value is man-made, then we can't really say it exists at all.
I could say a polution is valuable (my man-made value) but that doesn't make it valuable.

If value exists because we believe it does, I wouldn't say I'm much different in my belief that God exists (where I get my foundation for human value)

Once again, I couldn't agree more that life is meaningful and a blessing to have, but there isn't an objective means to place value on it from a naturalistic pov.
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moni158 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012  Student Filmographer
I agree, value really isn't anything but a manufactured idea by man. Nothing in this universe really has value, that is why we make our own. We put value into our lives to give them purpose and the great thing is we can give ourselves purpose just by believing we have one.

Yes and you make a good point there too. Our natural purpose in life..,(judging on our instincts and patterns displayed in nature) is to reproduce and continue our species. Survival is the main objective.
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Zinfer Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012  Student Digital Artist
so it seems like we actually agree in a way. There really isn't value to anything aside from what we make up in our heads if this is all there is.

where I disagree is that I believe that there is objective value to people. I think an understanding of that leads to traits like love, mercy and sacrifice; the things that break to mold of survival instincts. That is why people will give there lives for someone else, or suffer for what they believe in.

I think that everyone has a subconscious understanding of that value and that's where we differ from the rest of creation (and thats also why athiests share those traits above). looking at the poll, the majority of voters said that they believed that we have infinite value even when there's no logical reason to think that.
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Spector-Q Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well, me being a Christian, my mission in life is to serve and glorify God, as well as spread the good news of His saving grace. I believe God sent His holy, perfect Son Jesus to die for my sins so that I wouldn't have to die and burn eternally in hell for my sins.

Supposing that there is no afterlife (which there is), that would mean that my life would be meaningless. Equally as true, life itself would be nothing but vain illusions of self-importance since everyman dies and when they're dead--well, why should they care? They're dead!

I suppose everyone has their own purpose in life. But without an afterlife, without God... there really isn't a point is there?
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bitter-sweet-tragedy Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2012
Surely it doesn't matter whether there is an afterlife, what makes your life valuable is the positive influence your life has had on other people. If I die and no one remembers me, my life was useless, but if people rejoiced at the memory of me, for some deed I did, then whether I was conscious of it or not, my life would have had infinite meaning. That's just my opinion.
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UsaKokoro Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Your life is still as valuable as you make it after you die, no matter what happens afterward. The only difference is the worth of your afterlife.
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deidara-cos Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2011  Student Artist
i really dont believe in anything after you die, your dead and thats it but it really makes you think a little. what is your life, what is the value. my answer and opinion is, its what you want it to be and what you make it. I think its different for each person to choose what there life is, that is if they believe in an afterlife then thats what they go through life for. myself, i want to be able to live forever but a lot of people will think that sounds crazy when it actually isnt so dont say anything about that little bit there. so yeah, life is what you make it out to be.
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SoHappyToSeeYou Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
The only value life has is to ones self and loved ones. To everyone else your worthless.
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janellecarley Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I believe that life it's self is to big and mysterious to truly know if there is life after death...its like asking if we are the only intelligent race that lives in our universe, some would say no because there are to many facts that point to the possibilities while others would say yes because there has been no true proof given to the cause. I would like to believe there is a life after death, even if there is not. People need a purpose, like bed time stories to a child. Sometimes we need the comforting soothing feeling of a lie.
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WhitestAsian Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2011  Student Filmographer
I don't really believe in an afterlife. I tend to objectify life and all living things, so I tend to in turn, think of life as valueless. Although, value itself is a concept created by humans, a product of life. So considering that matters of value, worth, fun, happiness, sadness, are all "inventions" of life, it's kindof up to us as individuals to determine.
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WhitestAsian Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2011  Student Filmographer
I also believe, we are only as alive as our bodies. When our bodies die, we die. When we die, the energy we are composed of breaks up and is absorbed into other life. So all life is sortof connected. I guess all living things are connected by the common laws of life, and through that we're all sortof one and the same, and even when we die, we live, because others are alive, and the concept of life will go on even when or if all life is destroyed for a time, I guess. Sorry if I'm making this answer a little more complicated than it has to be. XD
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WhitestAsian Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2011  Student Filmographer
I mean, our individual consciousness is lost, but because we die, we throw our energy back into the pool, and from the pool, more life forms, fresh, then as it loses it's freshness, it's returns it's energy into the pool so more life can be renewed... or something...
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Brookelynn-marie Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
if there is no after life i would have killed my self a long time ago,
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the-Mad-Hatress Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2011  Student General Artist
It makes life infinitely valuable because this is it. But at the same time, it makes life valueless because (assuming the afterlife involved some sort of "judgement") there's nothing to work for, no real reason for anything.
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Carbonian Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2011  Professional General Artist
I believe in the afterlife. But as for fiction:
If there is no afterlife, your life become valueless. Instead it makes your works and creations more valuable becouse it affects the next generations short life. So your life only become valuable if you work, build and create! But in the end, the human life is just valueless.
But that's just a fiction for an idealist like me.

I put much efforts into afterlife. Becouse just 60-80 years are too short for me. I want to do even bigger and bigger things! So I just want to live till infinity.
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bwahhahahaaa Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2011  Student Digital Artist
if there is or there is not is not the question
the question is how youd like to live your one life,that you know of now?
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aiedail-guardian Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Life should be fulfilling in itself. I feel like people should live their life and then after that comes to an end, it should be just that, an end. Does there really need to be more after an end? Do you really need to keep on existing in an afterlife? I understand that a lot of people die before "their time," but what's the point in living forever? Sounds really tiresome to me. Everything has an end, even life.

I think people made up the concept of afterlife because they were afraid to die, afraid of that end. I don't think we should be. People need to live their lives to the fullest knowing that they won't get another chance. Knowing that once that end comes, that's it.
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nicromno Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
It makes it whatever you want it to be. Value has no meaning in this equation.
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Miyuva Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2011
;D I dont care....


If there is an afterlife: it will be different than this life.
If there is no afterlife, this life is the only one I have.

I dont see any difference. Life is valuable, because of its uniqueness.
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purpletenshi Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2011  Student General Artist
Energy cannot be destroyed.

And all living things have energy.

So while it might not be heaven, or hell, or whatever, there is always SOME sort of afterlife. In my opinion, anyways.

I just never assume what it is, because, how the hell would I know? I've never died! XD
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Samuel-Hardidge Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2011  Student General Artist
Either way, your life is infinitely valuable.
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Needleguns Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Deep yo.
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HanakoOo Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011  Student Writer
It's.. Both.

I mean, you live qith all your effort in order to feel good with yourself at the time you die, waiting and hoping that all the sacrifices, everything you went through is worth it, on the afterlife. And if there's nothing, then living the way you did was senseless.

Yet, you live...
And living is beautiful experience. ♥
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NoveltyAct Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011  Student General Artist
Then you have to make your Heaven or Hell here on earth (what I beleive in) so you better live it well.
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knight31313 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011
wow that's pretty heavy to ask. i honestly don't know how to respond to that
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AdrianFedele Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011  Hobbyist
As far as we know, you only get one life.
So, live your life to your highest expectations and love every minute of it!
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DestatiDreamXIII Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Live life as good as you can, and try to have as few regrets as possible. That's really all I can say.
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StormAlert Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011
I'd like to pose a question of my own...
How do we know that we aren't already in a afterlife??
Sorry, random idea that just popped into my head when I was reading this.
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aiedail-guardian Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Hmmm never thought of that before. . . .
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moni158 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011  Student Filmographer
We don't know =) but its fairly unlikely.
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NingNinja Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011  Student Digital Artist
You know that is a valid point.

I myself have wondered if could have already been reincarnated dozens of times, it's just that I'd have no previous memories. It's just a possibility...
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jintsuuriki Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011
i guess it's very hard to grasp that there might be nothing when we die... in my opinion (i'm depressed according to some of my friends XD) life has no value at all. For if there is no after life, and i don't think there is, then we don't have any memories anymore so it doesn't matter wether you fail in life or have the most wonderful life ever. in the end nothing remains, you won't remember or feel anything... making life valueless when there is no afterlife...
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aiedail-guardian Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Maybe one's life has no value after they've lived it, but maybe it does while their living it.
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jintsuuriki Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2011
but if afterwards there are no records or anything, then doesn't that make it all useless?
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aiedail-guardian Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Hmm, maybe it does. . . .
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Obi-quiet Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011
I believe there is so that kind of nullifies the question. ^^;
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longestdistance Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011  Student Digital Artist
If there's no afterlife, then you've got one life to live. Live it.
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Phantomet Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm turning this conversation around. Why does there being an afterlife make your life valuable -_-?
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huitabix Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011  Student General Artist
id say if the after life isnt real then it doesnt change that people still dont appreciate what they have got!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

i feel low and depressed life is meaning less O.O
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LorGistamanRakk Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is serius question to answer!!! hard!!!
even you said "if"
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LorGistamanRakk Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
it about heaven or hell you want to know!
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Stark-liverbird Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
this life is meaningless is there is an infinite afterlife directly following it.
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creyk Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
But why? You just have different options in both of them, as I see
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Lieju Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011
I've ever understood why afterlife would give your life value. Like, if there's no big prize/punishment for the things you've done, at the end of it all, there's no point? Do people who really believe in this stuff always think that way.

That they are only being nice to people and are loved because they are thinking what happens after one's death?
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creyk Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well, if you think about it it would give it value because as long as you're in the psysical body you can interact with physical things which is said to better than the non-physical objects. But that is only from out perspective, beccause we can't really experience the thing what comes after
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Lieju Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011
I don't understand what you're saying.

At all.

"you can interact with physical things which is said to better than the non-physical objects."
Said by who? And what non-physical objects are you talking about, and what does this have to do with the value of life?

"But that is only from out perspective, beccause we can't really experience the thing what comes after"
I'm not really sure if I should start guessing what you mean...

You need to rephrase what you're saying, if you want me to understand.
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creyk Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Okay, I'll try:
So, we live in the physical body, surronded by physical objects. But I think in a non-physical life there will be other thigs as well with which we can interact. If you think about it an afterlife where there is nothing but you wouldn't make much sense.
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