: "What do you think happens when you die and do we possess anything 'eternal' in our body, i.e. a soul? ... I am hoping and believing that this is not the end."
I mulled this question for a few days (then I disappeared into my busy life, sorry).
I grew up being told something very interesting. 'I am special because I have an eternal soul. I can look forward being reunited with loved ones and lasting forever in a very special place (as long as I eat my peas and do what I'm told).' Doesn't this, on the surface at least, seem like a lovely, positive thing that anyone would love?
In college, even though I had long left behind the Catholic church's dogma, I searched for the soul. I read widely, from Buddism
to new agey stuff
. Shouldn't there to be something to "a life after death" as it seems to be such a common theme
across many cultures? Great question.
Part One: do you really want to live forever?
Would living forever really be such a good thing? Books such as Lord of the Rings and Interview with a Vampire do not make me look forward to joining some eternal place. These books are by two theists, Tolkien & Rice is famously a newly reconverted theist. stardust1954
pointed out Twain's Letters from the Earth
, a hilarious non-theist take on the question.
But... if you love science fiction at all, try one of my favorites: Hyperion
, but trust me on this, if you don't buy book #2
you will regret it. (It does contain some pretty explicit sex scenes, so I'm not sure you'll want to share it with a young teen.) Did I remember to tell you to get #2 if you do pick it up? You'll never wish Heaven on anyone after reading these two books.
I have more thoughts, on the mechanics of the soul, RSN.