Here’s a snippet of a very well-worded and thoughtful answer to the question “How do you find happiness in life as an atheist?” It’s a common perception that people who don’t believe in a supreme being must be living a life of hopelessness and without purpose, and while that’s likely true for a few, it’s not for all. It’s just a matter of how you view your place in the world and the universe. Click the link to read the full response, it’s quite good.
Here is the question: “I’m not judging any of you for believing differently than I do. But I’m just curious, and these are questions I’ve always wanted to ask atheists. Do you have any kind of hope for anything in this life as an atheist? If so, then what? Also, how do you find happiness in life as an atheist? Once again, not judging, and not trying to start a religious argument here. Just curious.”
Here is my response to that query: Imagine for a moment you find yourself on the top of a high mountain somewhere in a remote wilderness and you come upon a breathtaking vista at sunrise. Picture in your mind the clouds gently rolling up steep cliffs as light filters down into awe-inspiring views below and the glistening of distant streams winding their way through the expanse sparkle off in the distance. In that moment, there needs be no purpose behind what your eyes behold; it is simply beautiful, wondrous, and inspiring.
Now let’s take that concept and apply to a much grander scale of the universe. If one mountain on one part of one very tiny planet could create such rapture within your mind, just contemplate what else is out their waiting to be discovered.