This is just a concept, an idea to think about. Over the years I’ve thought about the different traditional ideas about the life after, and most of those ideas just don’t seem much fun. Most importantly to me, those different concepts seem to have too many inconsistencies or are out of date. Meaning that those ideas seem to have been formed at specific historical times and with the progression of time many of the weaknesses of thinking behind those theories are clearly evident. For example the christian system is based upon the concept of “lordship”, and that allegiance and worship of a king is a necessary part of package. This ancient feudal image is appealing to many, however democratic experiences have led many to realize that whatever divinity may be, “lordship” is not necessary. |
There are endless comments that could be made about the failings of traditional religions, and that is not the premise of this article. But for me the one thing that is lacking is evolution of thought. Just as we see nature evolve, philosophy also evolves. Psychology has enabled man to understand our nature and thinking process, yet most traditional religions deny many of the enlightening insights that have been gained in the psychological arena. And psychology and science too, continue to reveal new information that can improve our lives. The big stumbling block that the major religions share is a belief is that if the “word” is infallible then it can’t change. And if the “word” can’t change, than those old outdated (hate inspiring) ideas can’t change and we will continue to see wars and terrorism. And yes, if we ever come to a time that a christian fundamental political state should exist, it will not be a happy place for many, many different but wonderful people.
If religious leaders could imagine that just as the universe expanses, that divinity could also “expand” or evolve. Than the “word” could change with time. That actually was something of the idea of the New Testament. Except that religious leaders decided that the “New” testament is the absolute last testament and no more editions or updates are allowed.
The question “Why even bother considering the idea of a here after?” does need to be addressed. Some systems suggest that an individual must do something to earn a better place. I guess this is a kind of buy in plan, a plan to get a better seat at the play. Good works, baptism by dunking, efforts to clean up one’s karma and I guess other things one must do intentionally during their earth bound years are required. Its sort of funny the baptists argue that you don’t have to do good works but you do have to get dunked, so you do need to do something, but being nice to others is not a necessary part of the buy in plan. Although I am sure that they do believe in being nice to others. But on the other hand if you do not think baptism etc is necessary than why bother thinking about the question at all. Some people believe god is “Love” so regardless of what you believe or do, if your a fairly nice person you get into the after play. I think that’s a nice view.
Maybe it’s a weakness, or somewhat built into the human condition, because most people everywhere seem obsessed with the idea of life here after. Life at best seems so short and so limited that one contemplates the possibility that there may be more to life than what is clearly visible. People from the beginning in time have contemplated this matter, and have drawn their own conclusions. And for those individual that have long established and firmly held beliefs, they can perhaps face death without a great sense of disappointment with the short life that they lived. However if one is honest, at the end of the day, at the end of one’s life one must accept that we have no real knowledge and simple allow ourselves to be at peace as we go to sleep and as our known life comes to an end.
But I do have an idea, perhaps it is a crazy idea but I suggest it is as good as many and maybe better than some of the other big life after ideas. This of course is blasphemy to those with firmly held religious ideas. They believe that their book of ideas is the only and absolute truth, this is also why we have religious wars.
A different idea
I suggest that mankind originated at the beginning of time. A great creative, explosive event created bizillions of moving sparks. Each spark a tiny but conceptual whole, containing something like the DNA of a vast consciousness. A set of thoughts carried in an energetic substance. Those sparks in constant motion, driven and gravitating to reconnect with one another. Each spark representing a potential human entity. And I say potential, because although quite alive these are not physical bodied beings at this stage of development.
In time those living sparks connected and collected along a never ending line, a circle in time and space. Actually many overlapping circles, and to be particular those places of meeting are spherical in shape.
Those sparks over eons of time have evolved to become complex thinking entities, composed of complex energy network patterns. Just as optical images on ones computer hard drive can coalesce into magificant images, somehow a network of complex energies comprise these conscious living sparks. And do not imagine these sparks as finite sparks as one might see shoot from a fire. Those sparks like the universe may comprise a size that can not be imagined. This is just a crazy idea, maybe just to much new age nuttiness, but if it were to be true I suppose light and sound come in different radio frequencies, and I would image that the fragrance of a beautiful flower is really a complex set of compounds, really gaseous atoms arranged in complex sets, and actually not just an arranged collection of compounds but the result of the energetic interaction of those compounds; altogether creating a fragrance. And I would guess that matter and energy are about equal in value and that matter really reflects underlying energy. Also, I would suspect that it is possible to have a complex unit of energy with very little physical evidence. That’s a lot of guessing, and I’m not a scientist. But I think it is a reasonable as the concepts of karma and rebirth and all the other religious ideas. I would like to suggest that science has much yet to discover, and the world we are a part of is not limited by our understanding.
We come to the fun part. In this story, these living sparks of life, actually humankind, are connected mentally and over great expanses of time created an imaginative dream like world. I suppose I need to come up with a term or phrase, you see I am using the words “dream like world” because these living being I suggest connect in a world that seems real but has no physical properties. Actually that world is real, but like the sparks of life has no discernible physical properties. This dream like world has been created, evolved by mutual agreement, over great eons of time. This dream world is an energetic medium that allows communicative interaction between the living sparks. It is of course a mental exchange, but intentions and feeling are there, so maybe that makes it as real as any possible experience might be real.
What is important about this dream like world is that this is the medium in which much of the reality we experience is/was masterminded. Perhaps one might imagine the dream like world as a giant banquet with a great deal of discussion and at many time consensus is arrived at. Within that collective world, all agreement and action is by consensus.
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