Sorry I was on a camping trip with my girlfriend that's why I haven't been able to reply but for me Meaning in my life comes from love, different passions and expressions, this whole world around us the people in it and all the life in it, and untill a couple years ago I never truly and fully believed in God but now I do and this is also something that brings meaning to my life.
Do you perhaps think that we don't find meaning in life in all of the above, sans god? I for one love, am passionate about many things, I find comfort and solace in people I love and care about, I feel for those who are less fortunate than I am and I'm doing my very best to make the world a better place for all. The only think lacking in my life is belief in god which has absolutely nothing to do with my feelings for other people and things.
I have awesome parents who are helping me through school to get an elementary education degree and I work at a daycare with that age group. I have a great deal of love for my parents and all my family and also for my job but my job is also one of my passions truly.
I, too, have amazing parents who love me and have stood by me all these years. They helped and supported me in my education, hobbies and passions. I also love my family and my job. I just don't need god for any of it.
The girl I'm with I've been with for over two years and I I love her very much as well.
I've been with my partner for 15 years and we're one of those annoying couples who do everything together. We still hold hands wherever we go, and we're still as much in love as we were when we started dating. I'm much happier with him than I ever thought I'd be. In all those years we have never had a single fight. Not one. No need for god in that.
I have a lot of passions and interest ranging from writing, reading, learning and teaching, playing basketball, talking and interacting with people, and more but I'll stop.
I'm willing to say most people here (and most people in general, believers and non-believers) have different interests.
I was 15 when I really started to doubt there was a God and really started having a lot of questions. I'm 22 now I know I'm young but I will always be striving for these things in life because it is only chance we got here and I try to live it to the fullest every day and stay positive and thankful for all the great people and opportunities I have in life. I think that all of us truly have meaning value and worth in this life and respect is due to every person no matter who you are. These are simply my beliefs and I do not wish to impose or force them in any way on anyone. I just enjoy the chance to discuss these things that are important with this awe inspiring world we live in.
I was 12 when I had my first encounter with religion and I was probably way too old to be duped by stories that don't make any sense.
I also try to live my life to the fullest, I'm grateful for everything I have, I just don't feel the need to thank an invisible, undetectable, deaf and dumb sky-daddy for it. I am, however, thankful and grateful - to my parents, family and friends who have actually done something tangible for me, even if it was just a pat on the back or a kick in the rump. They are the ones who shaped me into who I am today and I feel pretty good in my own shoes, even though I know damn well there's always room for improvement.
The things you've mentioned as important are just as important to me and probably most people here. Do you perhaps think that god is some type of prerequisite for them? While I somehow understand what you meant by the original post, I'm completely baffled by the fact that you felt the need to involve god or religion. If you wish to figure out what makes us tick, make a list of everything that makes you tick and just cross off god. This would probably be the best answer any of us can give you, and it is probably the most accurate one.