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Is There Life after Death
We are the only species on Earth who are capable of pondering this question out loud. It all started with an awareness of ourselves and the world around. We experience friendship, love, happiness as well as adversary, hatred, sorrow amongst ourselves. We find beauty, wonder, inspiration as well as chaos, decay, destruction in Nature. We understand that nothing lasts forever. There is good but also bad, there is life but also death. It is unconceivable and unnerving to realize that our life on Earth is a onetime deal. The unique consciousness that each person acquired during one’s journey of life will be lost forever. We will not be judged or be responsible for the good or bad deeds on Earth. The wonderful life we come to know is nothing but a game with no rules. By following one’s own desires is all that matter.
Around 85% of the world population is religious. They believe the existence of one or more omnipotent, omnipresence, and omniscience beings who are watching over not only the deeds but also the thoughts of the followers. There are many religious sects in the world. However, only few have withstood the test of times. Their common denominators are one supreme being who is responsible for all that was, is, and will be, the scriptures that lay down the strict moral standards, and the promise of a better afterlife if the virtues of a righteousness living are adhered. We all know that we are imperfect, have plenty of weakness, and are capable of committing sinful acts. By following the guidelines laid down by a perfect being that is humanly immortal, the faithful will attain a peace of mind that when the judgment day comes they will be entering the next phase of life in a clean slate. Religion more than settles the issues of life after death. It makes people see that there are not only rules but also meaningful purposes in the game of life. The faithful learns to sacrifice their selfish desires to the welfare of the community. For that they will be rewarded after they finish their life on Earth.
There are many people who believe in reason and logic and have no faith in the supernatural. With their inquisitive curiosity, objective observation, and exhaustive fact finding and data collection, they set out to understand how Nature works, what make living things alive, what make people different physically and mentally, etc. They reason that if there is life after death, there must be an indestructible soul co-existing inside the mortal body. When the body expires, the soul - the true self, departs the world we know to prepare for the next assignment. Nobody knows for a certainty what is the soul’s makeup, purpose, and sanctuary after it leaves the body. We do know for a certainty that when a person dies, one is never heard from one way or the other. It can then be concluded that if there is life after death, that life will no longer have anything to do with what it left behind. The soul, if there is one, will more than likely gather what it had learned and experienced and move on to the next quest.
Whether one is a person of faith, logic, or carefree, there is no dispute that human’s life on Earth are not the results of random and unpredictable acts with no rules. Our civilization of more than 7000 years was built from nothingness. We have endured and survived natural catastrophes, disease epidemics, and globally destructive wars. We have learned not only from our mistakes but also the unspoken rules of Nature’s game of life. We learned that all natural phenomenons occur for a reason and spread according to a set of rules, all living things exist for a reason and flourish according to a set of rules, and our civilization lasts for a reason and was, is, and will be built by people from all walks of life according to the same set of rules. Not everyone’s role in life maybe obvious at the time. For example, in hindsight, we can all appreciate the significant existence and matrimony of Einstein’s little known grandparents. There is a reason that we cannot know for a certainty or need unshakeable faith in accepting that there is life after death. Each person’s main function on Earth is to fulfill one’s role in life whether one likes it or not. Just like the success of a big corporation depends on each employee doing one’s task well no matter how small. Life after death has nothing to do with the survival of the human species and its civilization. Life after death will not absolve a person’s good or bad doings nor help in anyway a person’s unfinished affairs on Earth. If there is life after death, the unique consciousness, the essence of the self, that each person acquired acting out one’s role in life will most likely be the only thing that get passed on as lessons learned.