When I was yet a young teen, I asked myself why I shouldn't kill myself. It made perfect sense, right now Life had ups and downs and makes little sense, but if I was dead everything would make sense. At first, I decided against it because of the effect it would have on those who knew me. Later, I chalked it up to more overt religious reasons.
But, this question still bothers me. Why doesn't everyone kill themselves. Life has ups and downs, and if one is an Athiest, with death there are no problems. In fact, there would be no cares about what just happened, since the person would no longer exist! With no "downs" wouldn't that be akin to paradise?
Most people I ask this to tell me that Life has much to offer, they don't understand when I retort, "but if your dead, you won't be around to care." One self-proclaimed Athiest told me that it would just be a waste. He said that the world has no purpose, but killing intellegent life would be a waste. I never unsertstood him, I figure he just refuses to think.
If you are an Athiest why don't you just kill yourself. If that was my belief, I probably would.