Since science, not based on speculation but on actual observations, has made belief in the supernatural obsolete it is important that through education we eliminate the old superstitions and beliefs. We start with the scientific fact that self-awareness is a brain function that slowly develops when our brain develops and dies when the brain dies. We observe that self-awareness is totally depended on the brain function. Mental deficiency, brain damage, mental illnesses, Alzheimer’s disease, brain tumors, amnesia which can affect your self awareness, all prove without a doubt, that “who you are” is depended upon your brain. The notion that this “self awareness” can be transferred upon death to a “spiritual’ parallel world is a man made fantasy, with no observational evidence, and untenable. What about babies, mentally deficient persons, Alzheimer victims all receive new personalities? Then they would not be themselves anymore. Would babies grow up, old people young again? Which spouse you would live with if you had more than one? Would one be happy in eternity if they know that some of their relatives are suffering in hell? To make sense everyone’s awareness would have to be changed.
Just convincing people that gods don’t exist (Atheism) is not enough. If we convince the world population that the supernatural does not exists, we not only get rid of the fear of hell, but also get rid of superstitions such as lucky numbers, Karma, Astrology etc. and prevent people from being fleeced by Psychics, Fortune tellers, Preachers, Faith healers, Snake oil salesmen and Pseudo scientists.
This will not be easy to do and will take probably many, many years but we cannot afford to wait, we must start now.