Man's natural inclination is to believe in something higher than the self. This is true across all cultures, a center of the formation of most traditions, where human interactions and laws are based, and where the core of morality is founded on.
True there are people who deny belief in someone higher than the self, in someone who is far more powerful and far more magnificent. It is ironic that people who do not believe in powers higher than they are go to lengths at proving something that they do not believe in.
To fight, to struggle, and argue over something that do not exist without offering compelling truths is madness. After all cultures and nations that believe less in spirits and spiritual aids are nations that has the highest suicide rates.
We have the right to be happy. Our constitution assures that, our elders protected us because of that, all our strengths direct us to achieve that. The "hole" that we sink into as we journey through life is the notion that happiness is promoted by acquiring much more than we require. The higher the tag price, the happier we are supposed to be.
A shiny automobile, winning the lottery, a big house in the best location, fame, name it, everything has been tried. Yet even when these have been proven time and again to be the downfall of us, the effort is still to acquire and bank happiness on that which is temporal. As the song goes, 'when will we ever learn'? To some readers, this is a load of crap. But look deep and this is true.
The contention of people who do not believe in spirituality, higher spirits, and us as eternal beings is that wars, sadness, grief, pathos were due to religious and spiritual conflicts. This is bull. The cause of sadness and wars is greed, not religion, not spirituality. It is the desire to outdo the other to get the upper hand, to dominate, to enforce the will that causes grief and conflicts. More than anything else, it is the love of the self while everything else is secondary, if not dispensable.
Are leaders of wars supposed to be above this? They are, supposedly. Overtime, greed and acquisition creeps in and then the cycle goes if not, it is because conflicts were started on the premise of having more, and of righting a perceived wrong that was done imaginary or not, true or not.
Man's only purpose is to be. Always, without exemption, to be is to be creative. We are the only creation that is creative and thereby are co-creators. We are not fully alive unless we create positively. To create positively is to go outside of the self. Notice those who served a lot and gave a lot achieved a lot and is remembered best. They are the guideposts of everything that is good and everything we secretly aspire for. The truth is we are created out of good and will never be happy if we do not aspire for what is good.
The best thing is that the same Creator that made you and I, who keeps on providing for you and I, the source of happiness, wants nothing back.
This same God, whether denied or not, believed or not, keeps on loving even while being blasphemed.