posted on Apr, 14 2013 @ 04:02 AM
I kind of go back and forth from a) believing, as an atheist would, that it's just lights out and no sense of anything at all --- like fainting or
being under anesthesia to b) it's just like the 'near death' experiencers say --- you experience a very idealistic place where there is God,
beauty, and peace.
Of course, I don't know. Sometimes I'm pretty sure death means there is nothing 'on the other side' and other times I think there must be
something to the near death experience phenomena.
I do think we living mortals were not meant to know for sure what happens. However, I also think that science, physics, may someday reveal that
reality is not what we think and therefore, death is not what we think. Buddhists don't believe in death at all. They say our bodies stop working but
our minds just pass into another reality. They could be right and maybe someday quantum physicists might have some kind of indication that the
Buddhists are and were right all along. If that's the case, then you would have to consider whether reincarnation is what happens or not.
I'm sort of at peace with death either way. If it's like fainting or anesthesia, well I'm O.K. with that. It has been mostly charming to have been
alive, if only once and for a relatively short time. On the other hand, if there is some sort of surprise of a mind-only, but beautiful existence
after death, in which we will see and commune with our dearly departed relatives before us, then O.K., great, I'm fine with that, too. I have some
dead relatives and friends I would love to chat with again in an afterlife.
I would suppose most people are like me in that we don't know what will happen when we die, but whatever it is, we're O.K. with it because we have
no choice but to go along. If it's just 'lights out' and nothing, then that makes our short lives more precious and wonderful, so that's great in
its own way, too. A positive attitude at the moment of death is probably a good idea.