posted on Aug, 15 2013 @ 12:14 PM
reply to post by jonnywhite
This doesn't surprise me. I was raised as a fundamentalist and taught to believe in creation. Eventually I left Christianity behind but I was still
reluctant to accept evolution or even consider it a likely option. Why? Because I had erroneously linked the idea of being "just an animal" with
that of atheism and being doomed to just be dead forever.
I was terrified of the idea of living forever but also couldn't wrap my head around the idea of just being non-existent and so for a while there my
preferred belief was in reincarnation.
The idea that we will be non-existent is frightening, for we cannot imagine anything other than consciousness. Eventually though I realized that, as
comforting as thoughts of an afterlife were they were no reason to reject the scientific evidence or invest myself in emotionally comforting
It makes you think of a TNG episode, but it makes me think of an episode of Red Dwarf, wherein the android Kryten, struggling with his impending
demise, claims that there is a "Silicon Heaven" for all electronics that die. He scoffs at the idea of human heaven and when confronted by the idea
that it might be a lie replies "No silicon heaven'? Where would all of the calculators go?"
This episode made the idea of an afterlife seem utterly ridiculous. It's such a self-centered idea, not only anthropocentric but narcissistic as
well. Who am I? From the cosmic perspective I am insignificant, hell even from a global stand-point the average joe isn't all that significant. But
that's okay because I don't need to be important to some God's divine plan or even to the world as a whole, I just need to be important to those I
love and care about here and now and in the future. The after-life isn't just a comforting lie, in some sense it is the height of human hubris and
self-importance, that we of all the animals, on this planet of all the planets, MUST for some reason live on beyond the obvious end of death.