The Human Condition is such that pain and effort are not just symptoms which can be removed without changing life itself; they are the modes in which life itself; together with the necessity to which it is bound, make itself felt. For mortals, the “easy life of the gods” would be a lifeless life.
It’s natural for humans to ponder the complexities of life, the “how’s” and the “why’s.” How did we get here? Why do we exist? And the cold hard truth is, we will never know the answers to these questions, at least not in this lifetime. But still we search; however fruitless that search may be. But it’s that search that makes us human, that lets us know we are truly alive. It will bring pain and misery, but it will also bring happiness and joy. Along the way we will find love and loss, life and death. And these are just some of the inherent components that give us awareness to things outside of what we see with our own eyes. It’s what separates us from goats.
So of course it’s natural for us to wonder what happens after death. Death is a scary thing, it’s the end, it’s the unknown. And I have no doubt that these fears are what initially sparked the first signs of what we now know as religion. I am certainly not a religious person, at least not in the traditional sense. I do not believe in a god in heaven, or a higher power above pulling the strings. I know that the thought of life after death is comforting to people, but it is simply not rational. Now, I do think that there is something else out there somewhere in the universe; and I do believe that human beings are more connected than we currently realize. Quantum physicists have been experimenting with a phenomenon known as quantum entanglement, which states that two particles in separate locations can have a direct physical effect on one another. A primitive means of teleportation has actually been achieved using this phenomenon. Where am I going with all of this? Well, experiments have been done that show when two humans(physically separated from each other, just like the particles) focus all their mind on one specific thought, they actually resonate at the same “frequency.” So in theory, two people sharing the same thought with focused intensity, can have a potentially physical effect on each other. What does all this mean? I dunno, but it’s amazing to think about. And a sign that things are more connected than we can comprehend.
In my search for a better life, I plan to see and experience as many forms of culture and religion as I possibly can. I don’t want to be ignorant to other peoples views and beliefs. I want to understand where they are coming from, even if I don’t share those same beliefs myself. It’s so frustrating to hear an American born Christian or Catholic member insult an “opposing” religion, without any knowledge of their actual beliefs. I think many people would be surprised at how similar we all are on the inside. The truth is, they were born in a different culture than you. Had you been born and raised in Iran, guess what? You would be Islamic, and your prayers would be to the prophet Muhammad. It’s all relative, some people need to open their eyes, and open their minds. Remember, we are all one.