A truly scary halloween story 4


1Over at the University of Wisconsin–Madison a graveyard has appeared, as it has for the past few years, that is dedicated to gods that have fallen out of favour and so are now dead and gone, not that there were ever here except in the minds of their followers. There are plenty to choose from, I’m sure we are all familiar with some of their names … Thor, Zeus, Loki, Apollo, etc… all now buried in the past and no longer earning a living by demanding that humans bow down and worship.

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It is quite a clever invitation to pause and think – if indeed these gods are all truly dead and buried, then what about the current collection, could they face the same fate? (Hint: yes they could and will in due course)

As for accuracy, well they did give it all some thought, and so the wording reads “Forgotten by most“, because of course some nut will inevitably pop up and claim to be a worshiper of some obscure god who has a grave within their graveyard of the gods.

So why is this scary?

We have a thriving modern industry that churns out lots of fun stuff for entertainment that involves ghosts, zombies etc… but there is something that is so utterly terrifying to many that even the possibility of it being true is rapidly dismissed, and that is perhaps why some do find a graveyard of the gods to be a bit uncomfortable, because it is a rather strong reminder.

There are no gods, there is no afterlife – this is it, ‘now’ is the one and only life you get. Coming to terms with that is the ultimate terrifying thought that many humans retreat from and so belief in things that have no evidence at all still prevails. It is perhaps understandable that it is like this because it is emotionally far more comfortable to embrace the fiction and truth and avoid dealing with the way that things really are.

So is it a case of “Eat drink and be merry” as the Bible suggests? I personally do not find that very appealing, and I suspect many others also don’t either. Personally, I find the following a lot more satisfactory …

Live a good life.

If there are Gods and they are just, then they will not care how devout you have been, but will welcome you based on the virtues you have lived by.

If there are Gods, but unjust, then you should not want to worship them.

If there are no Gods, then you will be gone, but will have lived a noble life that will live on in the memories of your loved ones

That quote has been wrongly attributed to Marcus Aurelius, it’s not him. I do however like it because it is the distinct opposite of the rather flawed Pascal’s Wager, and is what might be termed, an Atheists Wager.

So not only do you not need a god to be motivated to live a good life, but you also don’t need to embrace any of the currently prevailing god myths as truth because they are claims that have no evidence at all.

OK, Yes, I did promise something truly scary

This is one of my favourites – basically a drone dressed up for halloween and deployed as a prank … enjoy.


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4 thoughts on “A truly scary halloween story

  • Chrispy77

    “There are no gods, no afterlife… This is it”
    Well I’m sure glad that’s a fact and not an unknowable opinion! Oh wait…

    I could get into how you don’t have evidence to support that those ideas are facts, and you’d say they are facts until you can prove otherwise, and I would say no, they are unknowns because things may be true before they are discovered (ie the earth was always round, and thus people were mistaken in what they “knew for certain”.)

    So many posts, so many comments, and all I’ve ever wanted to do was show you how your beliefs are much more like a religion than you know. Somewhere along the lines you’ve blurred “most rational to believe” (to you) to be “proof and certainty”. Where do you obtain this certainty?

    I’ll point to a classic bullet to Atheistic Zealotry- Is God’s existence a possibility? If no, then how have you obtained this full knowledge of the universe? If yes, then how do you know you are not wrong?

    You said (in a word) that facing the ideas that there is no purpose or afterlife are terrifying. After all these posts however, I’d strongly propose you would not at all like to believe otherwise. It was rather a vain attempt at glorifying a belief.

    • Dave Gamble Post author

      Hi Chris …

      // things may be true before they are discovered (ie the earth was always round, and thus people were mistaken in what they “knew for certain”.) //

      Until you have evidence, then the null hypothesis prevails. It is of course fascinating that humans do believe, but that is not about the things that are true, but rather is about human psychology and why we embrace so many things that are not factual.

      // So many posts, so many comments //
      exactly zero objective evidence.

      // Is God’s existence a possibility? //
      Cue discussion regarding tea pots in orbit

      Until you can establish your claim, then the null-hypothesis is the default.

    • Daniel

      //“There are no gods, no afterlife… This is it”

      You do that on porpouse, right? Putting quotation marks on quotes no one said? You do that just to annoy people, right?

      Congratulations, you are now officially a troll.

      Hi, Troll. How are you doing?