originally posted by: Dark Ghost
If we are to assume that the probability of an Afterlife is very slim, what motivates us to continue living? Think about it carefully. All the
challenges and obstacles we overcome, all the relationships we develop, all the time invested in growing, nurturing and adapting throughout our lives
would be for nothing. Who in their right mind would want to endure the stresses and trials of life if there was no chance of a life after this
This leads me to believe that far more people intrinsically believe in the existence of some kind of Afterlife than they would readily admit.
Not necessarily Organised Religion's interpretation of an Afterlife, but some kind of existence that is beyond this physical realm.
I know this topic is very speculative, but I would appreciate input from others, listing their views on the topic and how they came to form their
I think it's a very ancient question. For those who believe in an afterlife, their answers are legion. For those who do not, I think the answer has
probably been similar as far back as we could imagine these things. My guess is they always say purpose comes from being alive. It comes from
children, from accomplishments, from all the worthwhile things we can experience in this life. If you work hard to leave a legacy behind you then
death won't be as final, since a part of you will remain for some time in your children and in your contributions to society and in all those who
I guess we have to find a way to "live" through others: our children, our society, our descendants. It's probably the only way we can actually achieve
some measure of immortality. By living through others, the passing of our physical body is not the end of us. Maybe we can strengthen this approach by
embracing common bonds between us and others. We can potentially even find common bonds between ourselves and other creatures in the universe, thus
achieving a immortality without bounds.
And you're right. I think in the US, at least, some 80% or 90% believe in a God. I believe at least that percentage of people globally believe in some
fashion there's a God or an afterlife or a reincarnation.
What do I believe? I grew up as a christian. As a child I asked Jesus into my heart, as many other born again christians. Yet as I became a young
adult, I shed my belief, as many young adults do. I became what I am today, an agnostic atheist. I think there could be a God, but without some
evidence to confirm God, I can't believe it. So for years I've had to wrestle my inner demons to find calm waters without the illusory security of a
guardian angel or loving God. I used to think of myself as an existentialist, but now I hate to use that label. I like philosophy, but I think
philosophy suffers from the same dogma which infests religion. I'm adrift in the waters looking for a place to harbor, but weary of allegiance to its
Sometimes I fear or wish there was
an afterlife or something to nicely wrap it all up. I agree, there's a lot of suffering in the world.
There're a lot of lives cut short and unspeakable things. Yet there're many good lives and times. People wouldn't live if there were no good moments.
I recently read Rama II and in the course of reading it I read something which sticks with me. It was this: If you've learned and loved, you've
When I contemplated this statement, I thought of many good times in my life. I realize I live because I know how good life can be and
it can be even better. Still, I know life can also turn for the worse and be terrible. If my own life were to meet its end, I would at least know I've
been happy. Furthermore, many people on this planet are experiencing happy moments. To them I say, in my best Spock impersonation: Live long and
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