Originally posted by rocksarerocks
So I have a question that I can't even explain really. When you die, it's over. Your thoughts are gone. Your conciousness is gone.
Nobody, literally NOBODY on the planet knows for sure what happens when you die.
Yes, there are explanations for the first few minutes, brain activity continues et al.
But honestly we don't know.
I believe your consciousness lives on, your body dies but your essence, soul/real self, (whatever you want to call it) lives on.
Now many will argue that consciousness,reality,memories,emotion,feelings, "the soul" are all functions and consequences of the brain... and once we
die it all stops...everything.... just gone, dead.
Obviously the ego of humans and the general feeling that we are "special" don't allow most to accept this theory.
Most cannot imagine a nothingness and this is where many of the theories of life after death and possibly where religion have come from... man's fear
of the unknown... of nothingness.
I personally believe that we, the real us...not the "vehicle" or body, do live on... i really do.
Partly from experiences that I've had and things I've encountered and i guess also partly for the same reason most do... fear of the
unknown...although not so much fear.... but more as a point of reference..something to look forward too.
Here's what I don't understand. How are we even aware of anything around us right now if one day that is all going to just turn off, period?
We are aware of the now....what's happening and what has happened because we're experiencing it as we live.... and can remember what we have done
because we lived it.
As i said before, nobody knows what happens when we die and if everything just stops or not.
It is a very interesting, deep and philosophical subject and there are no right or wrong answers and there are certainly no experts.
Just live your life to the fullest and do as much good as you can.
Make sure you make connections with people and never hold back or be scared to do something.
The worst regrets are those of things we didn't do or were too scared or concerned about doing.
Reflect deeply and think about the issue and resolve it in your own mind... nobody can really answer that question for you, you must find your own
version of the truth and have an answer that you are happy with and can live with without driving yourself crazy thinking about it.
Hope this helps a bit.
[edit on 19/3/09 by blupblup]