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What is the athiest equivelent to the power of prayer or meditation?

Meaning simply if your loved one is in the hospital with a small chance of living…what do you do?


  1. I have to hope the doctors can do everything in their power. Death is inevitable.
    BTW, my great-uncle just died after having a small chance of living, and everyone(my family) except me is a “prayer warrior”. It didn’t help anything.

  2. There is no power of prayer.
    Meditation has nothing to do with praying.
    If that happens to me, I can only hope and at the same time believe in the doctors that is to save him / her.

  3. Why, oh why does everyone think that every system of belief has to have features that match their own?
    Fallacy of composition. Just because one Indian walks in a line in the forest doesn’t mean they all do.

  4. I would of course be sad but also glad for them. Grief can be selfish, especially if that loved one is in pain. Death can be a release from the pain of life. If there was no hope for them I would do my best to comfort them and make the passing as painless as possible.

  5. I am an atheist and I meditate.
    As far as a loved one is concerned, I will make sure they get the best care that money can buy. I try to make them as comfortable as I can.

  6. Atheists meditate.
    (I do and I know many others who are like me)
    The power of prayer is an illusion.
    Whether or not it is helpful, of course, depends on the person. I am most likely going to say that I am thinking of them or keeping them in my thoughts.

  7. I am agnostic. I do not worship science, so there is no clear analog.
    In that case I would turn to science, but that is not prayer. I would discuss what is known with the doctor, what trials there may be.
    I would work to make their time in the hospital better. I would want them to not be in pain.
    That is not prayer though, since religious people do that too!

  8. I was there for my parents. I made sure their passing was comfortable and easy. Fortunately, they left living wills giving me the power to prevent the unnecessary prolonging of life. There was no prayer, I spoke to them and their doctors.
    We had some great conversations before they passed, and I cried after the funerals… but prayers would have changed nothing.

  9. The same thing I did when *I* had a small chance of living: Accept what I cannot change. Find the determination to do anything possible, but also brace for the worst.

  10. I take them a gift.
    You make the mistake of thinking that your prayer and meditation are going to do any good. It’s not. You further make the mistake of thinking of atheis as a religion It’s not. Rationalis and atheism are merly stating that there is no reason to believe a god exist. hat

  11. What would I do? … I’d wish it were different.
    I honestly do miss the power of prayer in that it made me THINK I did something in a powerless situation.


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