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The eternal argument

Is eternal life the worst idea ever devised by mortal man? The origins of it can be imagined easily enough, and just as easily discounted.

We feel that there is something in us that will not and cannot perish, and we call that something our soul. Our self seems so precious as to be ineffable, so the thought of its destruction is supplanted by the hope of its immortality. But the fact is that when our physical body dies, our consciousness, no matter how exquisite, dies with it.

Those who pine for life everlasting haven’t thought much about it. Every day’s obituaries commemorate those who have gone to their “eternal rest,” indicating that the hoped-for, agreed-upon afterlife will be a sleep-fest. If so, when, and how, do all the reunions come about? We expect to meet up with our loved ones in heaven, but what if they’re all sawing logs?

Maybe the “rest” is on the order of a vacation—fun-filled and stress-free. But everyone knows from experience how soon a vacation can grow tiresome. Do we really want one that will last forever? Could you ever conceive, in this world, of taking a vacation with your loved ones—all of them, from every stage of your life? Or even having lunch?

Jesus said, in his Sermon on the Mount, that only those who do the will of God will get into Heaven. But who can know the will of God? That may be why he also said that we must waken unto this life—it being the only one we can be sure of. On Halloween, the dead, in perpetual mourning for life, come back for just one night, to warn us that there are no second chances.

If you go to heaven without being naturally qualified for it, you will not enjoy yourself there.” -- George Bernard Shaw.

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