Hundreds of people have gathered in New York's Central Park to create a giant Peace Sign in commemoration of John Lennon whose 75th birthday would have been on Friday, Oct. 9th. The song "Imagine" contains the lyrics: "Imagine there's no heaven...". If people the world over really did not believe in heaven, or in other words, in life after death, how would that change human interactions? What would the world be like? What would your individual life be like? Does a belief in heaven prevent us from being better stewards of earth or hold us back from achieving at a more rapid pace?
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Dashing, I agree. I think the shift in focus would make wars less inevitable and the treasuring of life more intense. However, we might need a whole new group psychologists helping people w the terrible pain of loss,especially the loss of a child.
"Some people would turn to a life of crime if they thought there were no repercussions." Heaven is about the "afterlife"
We'd still have laws, prisons, and the death penalty. :)
MizBejabbers, Thanks for your comment! I'm only 7 1/2 years away from where your dad was (not that I'm counting), but I think fatalism CAN "draw one to drink". I don't think morality would change, however, because of what dashing has stated.
I think we all agree. GMW said basically what I said. She just put it more eloquently. I think morality comes from the soul, and that we would still be what we are regardless of no heaven.
MizBejabbers, I think this group is a "mutual admiration society" here on hubpages.
Grace, Very thoughtful and logical! I'm wondering about the second group though. I'm not sure the fear of not going to heaven deters people from evil doing. I'm wondering if there's simply a "nature PLUS nurture" component in that. I don't know.
There are some devolved people who DON'T care if they hurt others. I think that there is nature + nurture component in that.To digress, there are people who believe in heaven yet do heinous acts,believing that they will be absolved in the end.
Yes, humankind will evolve beyond artificial boundaries and become ONE. Humankind will become less tribal and egocentric. Humankind will go beyond religiosity and into spirituality. After all, humans are spiritual creatures.
Kiss and Tales, Thank you for your comments.
Thank you gw , and Billie kelpin I appreciate
good questions and answers that truly show the care and concern of the importance of human life.
passionatelearnr. Thank you for your point of view. However, there are millions upon millions of atheists, agnostics, and other non-traditional believers who lead highly moral and ethical lives. Their behavior is not driven by fear of punishment.
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Saideep Karanam, Thank you for expressing your viewpoint. To do good for others for an ultimate reward is not the motivation of many people. Many do good with no expectation of reward, except knowing that they are promoting another's welfare.