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10 July 2007 @ 01:27 pm
The afterlife is not a cruise.  
Every culture through history has had a conception of a life after death. The various methods by which they have achieved these visions of what waits for all are as varied as the results, a point I think is important to note.

Question is, why?

What's the point, beyond the noodling on the shapes of clouds or thinking about the weight of a rock that even God could not lift? You can imagine anything you want to describe a life or world beyond this one. You can claim personal experience, you can assert the authoritative testimony of anyone you want, but in the end, if you can't come back with a t-shirt, rock, or photograph, you cannot conclusively prove anything about the place, up to and including its existence.

What's the point, then? It isn't like any other trip. You can't plan what to wear or if you'll need sunscreen. You don't know if the shops will have the brand of toothpaste you like, if they'll accept traveller's cheques, or what the line at Customs will be like. (You might think it'd be short, what with a seeming inability to take anything with you and thus a total lack of anything to declare, but the Egyptians apparently planned on needing to set up house on the other end, just as one example. Again, who would know and how?) You cannot plan for the trip. There are no maps, no guide books that can recommend particular bistros, and no travel agents who can offer you testimonials from satisfied customers... at least, none that you can verify.

When you cannot even conclusively prove if a thing is or isn't, why are you arguing about what color it would be?

Death handles itself. Worry about the now. Live while you can; you may not get another chance.
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Ace Lightning: Priestessacelightning on July 10th, 2007 10:53 pm (UTC)
fear of death runs very deep in the primitive levels of the mind. most people can't come to grips with the idea that they'll just cease to exist, like the picture on the screen when you turn off the TV. so, over and over again, people have imagined "life after death". the earliest versions imagine it to be pretty much like life as we know it - people eat, use tools, wear jewelry, even have servants and pets (all buried with them in prehistoric tombs). i'm not entirely sure how that evolved into the concept of "rewarded by going to heaven or punished by going to hell", but the medieval Christians sure had fun with the details of that.
Traveler Farlandertwfarlan on July 10th, 2007 11:25 pm (UTC)
It's a tool of control, if nothing else.
Ace Lightning: lightning faeacelightning on July 11th, 2007 12:40 am (UTC)
Kissing Hank's Ass...
"Kiss his ass, and he'll give you a million dollars when you leave town; but if you don't, then he'll kick the shit out of you..."

Erinlivethlfe on July 11th, 2007 12:58 am (UTC)
Hence my favorite quote, and that by which I live my life:

"Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you have imagined." ~Thoreau