Peak experience: empiricism?
From some in-class writing of mine:
The peak experience of human life is empiricism. That's the idea that things worth thinking are physical and not supernatural. Losing faith in the supernatural can bring about a feeling of freedom, because suddenly one can see reality as it is. When we die, we just die, and that's it. In essence, the empirical outlook allows us to not fear death. Fearing death is something people need to get over.
Many other peak experiences, like achieving success, fame, or even producing offspring, come from people fearing mortality. And even the major religions promise "everlasting life." But there is no such thing. The empirical view says, "No." Do what is good because it is right, not because someone says it's fulfilling a spiritual/supernatural obligation. Let us be ethical, fair, even moral, and let's do these things because the empirical view lets us see reality as it is.