There’s a song by Muse called Thoughts of a Dying Atheist, which has the chorus lyric repeated several times:

are you afraid to die?
it scares the hell out of me,
and the end is all I can see.

museI can only assume that the songwriter isn’t an atheist, and is trying to imagine what it would be like to face death without religious beliefs. Trying unsuccessfully.

‘Cos I’m an atheist, and I’m not afraid to die. And yes, I’ve once been in a situation when I thought I was going to die, and I was not afraid. I was a bit pissed off about it, because I quite like life, and there’s stuff I want to do, but I had no fear. How can you be afraid of not being?

Well, they got me to hospital, and I didn’t die. This time. But I shall, and I’m still not afraid.


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