before I start, lemme make it clear: we basically agree.
but I have to point something out...
|According to the Law of Conservation of Mass and Energy, you would still indeed be alive after death.|
that's not exactly how the Law of Conservation works.
matter (as far as we know it) cannot be entirely destroyed or created from nothing. but this doesn't mean you're "alive after death." that would be a very poor way to describe the point you're trying to make. the Law simply means that our bio-electrical energy exists after our flesh and blood body deteriorates. the energy that animates and gives us life (which can be measured, by the way) is contained within our metabolic systems as long as our physical body is intact.
that energy is finally free to leave the human shell the moment we die, because it's no longer being used to power our metabolism or cell functions.
but once it leaves the body we obviously have no idea what happens to it or what it experiences. we don't know if it dissipates and becomes the energy in the plants or animals or sky, or if it stays together and retains the human spirit/soul or whatever you want to call it of the person it used to be.
like I said though, we're basically in agreement.
it's crazy for anyone to think that after you're dead there's some magical cloud city waiting for you. it's just as crazy to believe that there's another magical city of fire and brimstone waiting for people who were bad. it doesn't make sense when you think about it, but of course most religious people don't think. that's exactly why they're religious.
there's no way to know what happens to human energy after we're dead, but it's simply nonsense to believe that it goes and lives amongst a pearly-gated community in the clouds for the rest of eternity.
the word "afterlife" is just a bad term.
because it assumes that whatever comes after your current
life will look
like your current life, just in a different place.
which is ridiculous. people need to understand that opnce you remove consciousness and awareness from the physical body (AKA once you die), then you no longer experience the world as your body would have. there's no longer the 5 senses, not as we know them. there's no way to know if a dead "spirit" can see/hear/think/feel or anything. there's no way to know if there's even such thing as "spirits."
the biggest problem humans have when discussing the nature of life/death and reality is that we are confined by our own biology. it makes it hard for us to consider other possibilities only because those possibilities don't fit in with our own chemical makeup. what I mean is this: our lives as we know them are finite. they have a clear beginning and a clear end. this is one of the few fundamental truths we can observe about humans. and so because of this, we tend to think that EVERYTHING must have a definite beginning and end. the universe, space, time, etc.
and the problem of course is that technically, there's no logic in that.
just because our lives are finite doesn't mean that everything is finite.
I don't believe in the Big Bang for instance. only because the Big Bang purports to be the beginning of the universe based on measurable laws of physics.
I think the Big Bang might have happened, for whatever reason. I think it might have happened and had some profound and important effect on what our universe looks like right now. but I sincerely doubt that it was the beginning of everything.
I tend to believe that the universe has always been, and that it will always be.
but people have such a hard time wrapping their heads around that concept because it doesn't match the small, petty life cycle of individual beings like us.
just because some living things are born and die, I don't think that everything must have a beginning and end.
we just need to relax and realize that it's all always been here, this space we call the universe and the matter inside of it. it's just taken on different forms through time as the vibration of particles expand and contract. as you know, we are all the same thing. every one of us is composed of the same stuff. and as you know, the deeper you go you learn that everything is one. we might be spread apart in the physical realm - the 4th dimension in which we experience our current life - but on some level we are all connected. everything is connected.
down at the very base, we are all made from the same building blocks.
the same blocks that make up the desk we sit at, the chair we sit in, and the computer we type in. they make up our house, our clothes, our food, our organs, our brain, even our kitchen sink. it's all made of the same stuff in different arrangements. it has always existed, since the beginning of time if there is such a thing.
it really is beautiful. and being aware of all this only makes me appreciate life that much more.
I wish more people could come to this realization that we might work together rather than step on each other. because it really is amazing what people are capable of on their own, not to mention what happens when bright minds come together with mutual respect. our planet and our species are capable of such greatness but we've yet to figure out how to grasp it without corrupting ourselves.
that turned out to be more than I had planned to write. oh well, good thing it's a lovely Sunday afternoon that I don't have to spend in church like an idiot.
Edited by El_Diablo, 20 February 2012 - 02:09 AM.