As An Atheist Can Your Life Have Purpose and Meaning?

I was wondering what other people thought about this.

I realize we weren't born with a purpose. No creator or "higher calling".

But as a non believer can your life have meaning and purpose without god?
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    Clarence Dember

    Yes, of course! Actually atheists have to woman up or man up as the case may be and flote their own boat with no god to lean on as a buffer against the political, legal and financial circusES which elites have foisted on working folks by evolving our currencies into unsound money and fiduciary policies in the USA.
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      Bertold Brautigan

      To my mind Oscar Wilde more or less nailed the answer to this question in his 1891 novel The Picture of Dorian Gray. In the words of Dorian's mentor, Lord Henry:

      The aim of life is self-development. To realize one's nature perfectly--that is what each of us is here for. People are afraid of themselves, nowadays. They have forgotten the highest of all duties, the duty that one owes to one's self.

      No deities or superstitious beliefs required.

      If more people were to attend to optimizing their own potential without regard for tribal or social dictates (or for the extent to which other people are or are not conforming to such dictates) there would be far less conflict.

      As a more contemporary writer put it in more incisive terms,

      . . . the extremes of nationalism (sacrifice of self for nation-state), communism (absorption of self in collective), and individualism (self only matters) are, frankly, all extremes that push natures too far from nature, though it takes strong doses of individualism to realize the importance of the individual. It is also clear that religion may function as any one of these extremes with the same consequences of intolerance and permanent conflict.

      --Tobias Churton, The Beast in Berlin

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      sk8eycat

      The Good Atheist: Living a Purpose-Filled Life Without God Paperback – January 25, 2011

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