Eaten by Maggots
An interesting discussion came up in the middle of my English class about this poem we were analyzing. It's called Spring by Edna St. Vincent Millay.
To what purpose, April, do you return again?
Beauty is not enough.
You can no longer quiet me with the redness
Of little leaves opening stickily.
I know what I know.
The sun is hot on my neck as I observe
The spikes of the crocus.
The smell of the earth is good.
It is apparent that there is no death.
But what does that signify?
Not only under ground are the brains of men
Eaten by maggots.
Life in itself
An empty cup, a flight of uncarpeted stairs.
It is not enough that yearly, down this hill,
Comes like an idiot, babbling and strewing flowers.
So my teacher made this comment about how this is a really atheistic view of life. I told him this was a major generalization. I hold the opinion that atheists don't believe in a higher power. Does that also mean that atheists don't believe in an afterlife at all? (assuming the afterlife is not controlled by aforementioned higher power) Do atheists get absorbed into the earth and become a spiritual part of anything or do we just sit there and get "eaten by maggots?"