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If people are good only because they fear punishment, and hope for reward, then we are a sorry lot indeed. (Albert Einstein)
The first question is based on the religious interpretation of hell --- a place that all non-believers will be damned to for eternity. Well, can anyone here rationalize to me how eternal torture is a punishment worth this brief mortal existence? Do you find any reasonable aspect to this punishment? Do you really think that if everyone knew heaven or hell were the only options, they would pick the latter? Some will say that in this case there is no rationalizing, only acceptance. Even so, this is something that warrants more than just a brush to the side. Accepting that non-acceptance of a belief system merits endless suffering is something I can't rationalize; but I'd like to hear what others have to say.
Second question is; if you aren't religious, do you still believe in the "existence" of hell(s)? Why or why not. Do you think that hell is a metaphor for the suffering people experience as humans, as a collective? Is the concept of eternal hell actually one that covers consciousness as a whole, even though it's "split" into individual shells that give the illusion of self? In some way that would make sense; especially if you factored in the idea of endless beings existing across infinite time/space. Think simulation theory, as an example --- where a countless number of simulations are running repeatedly, simultaneously, and as a result a "infinite" number of conscious beings are manifested. Therefore there can be eternal suffering, and/or eternal bliss.
Lastly, is hell necessary? If it exist, is it a necessity to complete the balance? There's the notion that suffering gives meaning to happiness. In some ways I agree with that; at the same time it's hard to accept so many people experience pain on levels & in situations that you can't possibly see as acceptable to life. Then again perhaps that's just the nature of infinity/eternity.