pretty depressing bro. people say teaching your child religion is child abuse but teaching your child that your life is no more important than a maggot isn't???
I think everyone should read, or at least thumb through, 2 of Dawkins' books: The God Delusion and The Greatest Show on Earth. Both are immensely informative and are an extremely accurate window into the mind of an Atheist. If so, I think it would save people like the OP here from making ridiculous claims about what Atheism is...
Not believing in an afterlife makes your life on earth more important to you IMO.
"As scarce as truth is, the supply has always been in excess of the demand."
Henry Wheeler Shaw
It also makes you more cognizant of what you're doing to the Earth. I read somewhere that Evangelical Christians don't think it's particularly important to take care of our environment since this is just a temporary place to live before going to heaven. A pretty wreckless way to look at things if you ask me...
Tide comes in, Tide goes out... you can't explain that
At least with faith in a higher being, you do have the comfort zone that your life does have meaning and that every action you take is vital to your salvation. I'm personally not trying to take a certain side on this, just trying to put out different lines of thought.