Originally posted by bushfriend
I am very confused about afterlife.
What happens to your brain when you die,( besides rot)
WHat part of you accends to heaven or worse
IF chemicals are emotions in your brain how could you
be happy in heaven or insane in hell.
You should spend more time concentrating on your current Life, as it is more important and practical right now. Only reason I say that is because
many people get stuck on trying to answer questions of "Death" or in your case "Afterlife" and end up wasting their whole life doing it.
Now to comment on your question
Obviously niether I nor anyone else can answer the questions you're asking completely or with total reliability. At one point or another there will
be some lack of proof or something that will once again leave you "confused" or questioning the exact same question once again. Only at that point,
hopefully, you'll have narrowed in on exactly what you want to know and cleared away some of the original confusing concepts.
In fact, what you are really talking about are just that, "Concepts".
Concepts: 1. A general idea derived or inferred from specific instances or occurrences.
2. Something formed in the mind; a thought or notion.
Call it "Afterlife" "Death" "The Next Round" or whatever, it is still the same question, "What is beyond this life, or this current reality in
which you are now living?" You may want to think for a second on the fact that something beyond life or reality as it is now, might not be possible
to answer or comprehend at this point, which is also what makes it beyond this point. It might also be anything you think it will be, and at the time
of change you basically create whatever comes next simply because it was empty of existence until you showed up.
Fortunatly though, the moment will come when you no longer question what is beyond life, the price however is life. Wouldn't it be ironic if all
those in the "afterlife/death" phase spent all their time questioning "What is Life or Beyond Death?". Even more ironic would be if the reason
they questioned "What is Life/Beyond Death?" is because durring their Life they spent it Questioning about "Death" and forgot to Really Live? How
about the question of "What came before this life or this Reality? The "Beforelife" so to speak. Just something to think about!!
If something is "Afterlife" then it must be completely different than Life or else it would just be a "change" of Life. So if it's completely
different than life, such "concepts" as emotions or brain chemicals or happiness would also have to be completely different as well, making it
pointless & impossible to comprehend such things anyway. On the other hand if the "Afterlife" is really only a "change" of life, well then the
answer will be found and understood by Living Life to the fullest, which brings us right back to where we are NOW and without the need to question
anymore since "Afterlife" is really just a change to some degree of this Life.
I realize this is probably not exactly the response you expected, as it's not much of an answer, and may have even resulted in you asking more
questions. But what did you really expect? If I told you the answer you would need proof to verify that my answer was The True Answer. Undeniable
proof would eventually only be found by you experiencing it first hand. I know that I personally have no desire to "Prove" anything to that
degree, and I assume you agree, or would agree once we were about to cross that bridge anyway. So with that in mind, I hope you enjoyed my response,
even if I didn't solve your enigma.
[Edited on 5-1-2004 by mOjOm]