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Is there life after death? What a patently absurd question! Of course there is! Speaking for myself (and who else would I presume to speak for?) I have been dead for some time now, and as far as I can tell no-one has noticed!
Seriously (or at least as seriously as I can manage) I have a bit of a bone of contention here - or maybe a few:
Firstly, why does it matter? We can never expect to prove whether there is or isn't life after death. If we manage to die and come back to haunt our nearest and not-so-dearest all that happens is that a blanket of doubt is thrown over the whole thing…or you get to see someone being sectioned up close and personal.
Secondly: Who do we think we are? What makes humans so bloody special anyway? To quote someone pretty clever…maybe Jonas Salk - if insects were to disappear tomorrow, within 50 years all the species of the world would have disappeared. If humans were to disappear tomorrow, within 50 years all the other species of the world would be prospering. Why on earth would the cosmos benefit from the continuing presence of humans - Pre or post-mortem?
Strikes me that this is a very SHORT review, and maybe all the better for it. It is, however written from the heart.
I will continue to live my life for today; doing some good where I can and bringing some pleasure where it's possible. I will not save up my best stuff until I die in the hope that I can somehow cash in after shuffling off the mortal coil.
I suspect my strong views on this topic stem from finally getting round to writing a will, and giving voice to my wish to have my raddled corpse used for whatever medical or scientific purposes might suit, and stating unequivocally that I wanted no funeral of any sort.
Of course…I'll be dead, so it won't matter one squeaky little bit to me if my wishes are totally ignored. Rest assured, I won't be back to haunt anyone!
Hola! Not been on here for ages and thought I would look you up!! Brill review! KJ xxx
Judgee 03.06.2008 23:38
Life after death was an idea created by religion to give people an incentive to be good and to follow a righteous path. Personally I don't think there is anything, you go to sleep and poof end of story. So live for now, live everyday if it your last. Eat, drink, smoke and be merry for tomorrow may never arrive, may as well enjoy the ride while the train is still moving ;) Remember the only thing certain in life is death... and I'm fed up with quoting saying so I'm going to bed lol
garlicpress 20.02.2008 10:58
I'm just reading this in Thailand, where people believe they will keep being re-born* until their karma is completely balanced. I personally agree with you that once around is plenty and, at the very least, life should be lived accordingly. How did that saying go? "This is not a rehearsal, it's the real thing".
Science or, even better, organ donation is certainly a good way to dispose of the useful bits of a body. The only thing I don't quite agree with is the 'no funeral' decision. I certainly wouldn't want one, but then, I won't be around to care. On the other hand, whoever is left behind might want/need a ritual to say goodbye and maybe even a place to visit.
*that probably explains their driving