Okay this is a question that has been on my mind the past couple of days, and i'd like a serious answers, all joking aside.
When I look on the internet I find people asking atheist if they are afraid of death because an atheist would not believe in an afterlife and thus to them death is the end of existence for a person.
Now i've mostly read responses that atheist say the act of dying may be scary but death itself is not because death is nothing.
But there is what I don't understand. Nothing, no existence, to me that is the scariest thing possible. The idea of not existing at all. To an atheist death is the end, nothing after. Sure if one does not exist they cannot experience fear, but isn't the idea of not existing itself so scary that it would eat away at you?
What good is life if it is not eternal? A temporary existence is just an existence without hope. To me not existing is the worst possible fate that anyone could ever endure, and I wouldn't wish that on even the most vile of people.
If I wasn't a Christian and I wasn't absolutely convinced in life after death, and lets say that it was confirmed that death was indeed the end of existence then I would go absolutely mad with fear and I wouldn't have hope, and nothing would bring me happiness because I know it is all temporary and temporary things are useless in the end. The only hope one could cling to is devoting their life to becoming a scientist or something and trying to figure the key to immortality.
So I have to ask, Atheist and please be serious on this, I don't want any joking or bashing or anything, just be serious: Isn't the idea of losing your existence scary to you? Is not the worst fate that can befall any creature?