posted on Mar, 9 2006 @ 04:48 PM
Yes, this is not a discussion about if there IS or ISN'T an after-life. You believe what you choose to believe, and you disbelieve what you choose to
disbelieve. Both of these can be based on faith or on fact.
I heard somewhere that "The main differences between humans and other animals is that humans can't imagine a world without them, whilst animals
can't imagine a world with them."
It's probably rather apt. We recognize our world, our surroundings, and we drive to do better than what we are. Our lives are based around prooving
to ourselves that we're worth a damn. In a world without an afterlife - and if we KNEW there wasn't an afterlife - then it suddenly becomes a very
different thing to prove to YOURSELF who you are. Suddenly it's no longer who you are, but what you do or have done. Hell and heaven are now on
earth, and both are temporary.
And in both cases, you will be constrained by your past. Now your mistakes, your failures, and your poor actions will be with you for your entire
But it also brings MORALITY into question. If there is was no afterlife, and we judge people by what they do, then are we not forced into the end
result of "the ends justify the means"? For if you are only what other people are told of you, then if they are told lies, and hidden from the
truth, then who you actually are is lost.
Does God deliver justice? I don't think so - I believe that we are given absolution, not from God, but from ourselves and others. Our failures and
mistakes and sins are washed away. We become loved - and not in the terms of sex or passion... but the kind of love you have for someone when you tell
a horrible act or secret, and you cry out for forgiveness from them, and they accept and hold you dearly close telling you that it's alright. If
God/Jesus/Allah/Brahma/whatever is purely loving, then that's what absolution is - no matter who you are. It's that kind of love and acceptance that
we search for to fill the holes that are in ourselves. Those empty spaces wanting to be loved, we want to fill with people not who will bear children,
or provide for us, or will do whatever we please - but we want to fill it with people who will utterly and completely accept us for who we are.
Thinking about it, it's a powerful moment when you realize someone loves you that much.
But I digress, summary;
We can't imagine a world without us - and therefore, it's extremely difficult to think of a universe without an afterlife. It's like trying to
imagine "what's outside the universe"... we simply can't fully comprehend the complete nothingness that there isn't.