If there is an afterlife, in what form does the human spirit prevail? Road Fork in the Valley suggests some answers.
On a glorious day - or night - when you're doing something you passionately enjoy, do you wish you could live for ever?
Do you shy away from thoughts of growing old and of dying, even though you know both are inevitable?
Do you wonder what happens then?
Obviously there are only two possibilities:
- Further experience
There's a 50% chance either way.
This means there is absolutely no experience. Not 'at rest' nor 'asleep' - these are experiences! Other people may or may not remember you and what you did or did not do, but sooner or later, whether years or millennia, those memories are lost in the oblivion of others.
Science can explain a great amount about our experience of the world and its place in the solar system, set in a galactic arm, in a local group of galaxies, amongst billions more. We also know a great amount about the incredibly detailed and minute construction of matter. We're in a better position to understand our macro and micro environment than any humans who lived before us.
It seems mind boggling to imagine that we, having discovered all this, experience such a miniscule amount of time on a quite insignificant planet to no avail.
Possibly it could make sense if there is further experience, but why should that be so - and if there is, what form might it take?
Hamlet pondered the same question in the "To be, or not to be..." soliloquy:
...something after death,
The undiscovered country from whose bourn
No traveller returns, puzzles the will...
Perhaps there is something else...
If there is further experience, why don't we know about it for sure?
Since birth, life and death occur for everyone, surely any further experience also affects everyone?
There have been, and are, thousands of belief sets which aim to rationalise what we experience now with 'something after death'.
One was provided by a man named Swedenborg - and he was truly amazing...
Quotations from Swedenborg
Heaven is such that all who have lived well, of whatever religion, have a place there.
All religion has relation to life, and the life of religion is to do good.
- The belief in and worship of a god or gods, or any such system of belief and worship
- Informal) An activity which someone is extremely enthusiastic about and does regularly
Example: Football is a religion for these people