Countless deaths precede us. Whole realities different from the one we're experiencing. There were more than likely alien civilizations a billion
years ago that went through what we're going through. When you consider billions of galaxies, that's not far-fetched. In fact, the observable universe
is probably only a fraction of the whole universe and we're unsure how big the whole universe is. We think there're 300+ sextillion stars in the
observable universe. We understand there're a couple billion potential earth-analogs and tens of billions of earth-like planets around different types
of stars, many of them older and redder. There could be traces of fossilized or simple life on asteroids and moons and comets and on the billions of
drifting planets between the solar systems in our galaxy alone. So it's not far fetched to say that some hypothetical alien civilization from a
billion years ago was going through the same evolutionary growing pains that we're now experiencing. There's a lot of things in history that we don't
remember well. We don't have the capacity to remember everything.
Death is everywhere the longer we live the more we get to know it. We reflect on those that're dead and sometimes despair. But that doesn't mean
there's an after-life. I think our DNA wants us to believe in an after-life so that we continue living and continue to give advice and guidance to
children and parents long into old age. DNA and instinct follows the contours of our environment and its behavior. DNA desires to survive. We're its
vehicle. It instills in us whatever will allow it to survive.
And then there're the cells in our body that're not human. 7x more. What is it that creates in DNA and in living organisms the will to live? The
desire for self-preservation? Fear? Love? What?
Regardless of what causes the will to live, it's rooted in the fabric of our being far below consciousness, before we even could form a word to embody
it. We're helpless to counter it unless it agrees. For example, DNA and instinct might determine that sometimes death/suicide is better. There's no
written rule that living is always better than dying. Nothing stops our core instincts from instructing us to die if given the correct conditions if
this somehow benefits DNA.
This is just what I think. An after-life is possible. But do spiders get an after-life? Do viruses? Do pineapples or birds or worms or frogs or trout
or trees or fungi or amoeba or horses or whales? The only thing that survives from our perspective is DNA and the inanimate physics and chemistry. The
individuals die. They're like the vehicles. Our mind is just a program replayed over and over.
It may be possible some day to observe the past with perfect clarity. I sure hope it's because I hate to contemplate history being destroyed by chaos.
I hate to think that everything is only change. That remembering anybody or anything is pointless since everything gets changed irreversibly. It's
like giving a name to a cloud or a stretch of flame. How do you name constant perpetual change?
Change is like an explosion. It destroys everything that has a name.
If you don't understand what I mean then you need to understand what a name is. A name is an identifier for something of a specific pattern. If the
pattern changes then the name changes.
I would like to appeal to emotions as many of you have, but my knowledge prevents me. I would enjoy to bask in feelings of love and contentment and
security, but I must turn it down for the pursuit of knowledge wherever it takes me. I will not force anybody to come with me. I am not God to force
my will on others. I can only state my opinions and offer them to others respectfully.
Ultimately, I don't know the truth. I don't think I'll ever know. I'll only ever have opinions.
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