reply to post by Kashai
I'm all for the hope but do not subscribe most of the general views... in fact ...
There is every reason to consider that life after death does exist
Just the contrary all reasons point to death as final, only a minority reports that are normally not scientifically validated impart that there is
"life" (depending on the interpretation of life) after death. Starting by the Christianity belief in resurrection...
My view based in hope and in my interpretation of facts as I see it point to a clear change of what "you" are at the point of death. We know the
importance of the brain, we via neurological studies have a sufficient understanding of the brain to define some of its functions and we can
extrapolate from accidents and deviation what consciousness and functions it perform, even if badly but this facts reduces some theories...
So I believe that at the moment of death time becomes meaningless as one's perception of it ceases to be "normal". One will be granted if so
inclined, expectation is extremely important, a personal time of balance that will serve as for self introspection (be it hell or even). I also
believe that perception of the surroundings is affected permitting some realizations that seem impossible (we still have questions in regards to our
senses and capabilities so this is still a gray area but I see it as a possible explanation for some reports).
Now what happens as your brain dies (in the view of the observer, not the one experiencing it) is oblivion, consciousness and individuality of the
dead is gone, one's only continued presence in this plane is via biologic closeness family and offspring and in the memory of those still living. Any
idea of what happens to the experiencer is just guess work, near-death is by definition before death, not after death.
One thing that nags at me is the point of all my experiences in life, even if I do not thing that I personally am special, or that the human animal
should be special in regards to all other animals I hope to be part of something greater, I see some amazing order in the chaos around myself and hope
that some of that order and pattern does continue after my shell dies, I hope to be part of it, I do hope that I always have been part of it like one
of a multitude of sensors experiencing this material plane, I do not require my own individuality to survive death nor I see it as feasible or needed.
In this I believe in some sort of reincarnation, that the cycle is restarted but not necessarily so that I I get to atone or improve myself as an
unique and special individual, but as a part of the evolution of the global All.