I pick imaginary!
So, children, you better prepare yourselves for the great teacher: death
The good news is that there is no one in the afterlife to judge you... in fact, an afterlife is very likely to not be the case. Also, we should revel in the knowledge that we won't be conscious forever (phew... what a relief!
The bad news is that the loved ones who outlive us will miss us terribly (in theory
). Also, we need to get ready for the fact that we will lose everything that we like so it may be wise to try to get into a frame of mind where you are comfortable with this. Meditation can help you to rehearse this detachment (in fact, in my case, meditation has taken me to blissful states of near nothingness which sort of romanticised the idea of the cessation of being). It really is a kind of freedom if you think about it...
We are born self-centred and we immediately attached ourselves to elements of the world around us. Losing the things we love causes suffering. But we can also learn about the benefits of detachment. The philosophy of the Buddha - in its original form before being corrupted by esotericism over millennia - is a great example!
You don't need a religion to make you comfortable with lies and mystical fantasies. Face facts, deal with them, and remember that death is natural and part of the cycle of life. You have already been in a non-existent state before you were born anyways...
Okay, going to try and be a civil as possible here. You know your posts are my favorite, Summerlander.
This entire posts, quite frankly, sounds very arrogant. Maybe even ignorant
. No one has the power to say there will be no judgement after you die. Certainly not you. Alas, I am getting quite frustrated
You think that because a religion proposes these ideas, that they do not exist. That is ignorant on the highest level. WAIT--! I did not say it was ignorant to not believe religion, I said it was ignorant to throw it out the window, simply because religion states it.
First, because I keep getting misunderstood, for some reason, I will spell out my standing on this debate as clearly as possible. I am not an enemy of science. I am not religious. I think both religion and science plays their part, as they should. Religion might not go down the best
road, a lot of the time. But neither does science. And I don't believe they are the enemy of each other, or opposites. The only
problem I have with science, is that it generates people like you, again, quite frankly. And the only
problem I have with religion, is that it generates the same type.
You are the type of religious people that you hate. You think simply because science tells you something that that's the way it is? You can't force people to accept science, like those type of religious people can't force you to accept God. I've heard my fair share of scientific explanations. How things "are"
in the world. Perhaps it's human nature to need to have the answers. And it's easy to sink into it. Further fueled by the actual
fact that so many people accept science. It's funny and almost sickening to see how easily people are swayed by science. Similar to sheep, it seems to me. Almost to whisper "We conform to science, so join us, or you'll be seen as stupid or insane". There is nothing wrong with science itself, so please don't come back at me with another example of how science helps people. I get it. And I'm not arguing with it. When people misunderstand science's intent, is when it gets out of hand. Science is there to try and explain how things work, science admits it has flaws and isn't perfect, yet people ignore this, and take it as fact. I agree with some things science tells us, maybe from specific people, but I observe the information, not simply accept it. Like reaching into a bag and eating something before seeing what it is. It could harm, more than help.
Your first few sentences irk me the most. Almost trying to get under my skin, it seems to me. As if some higher-than-human self, telling us what to expect upon dying. Have you died, Summerlander? Or are you simply going on the notion that we are machines, we have no soul or spirit. Who's to say? Certainly not you. Certainly not me. Also, we may have existed before our human selves, as something else. You cannot tell. I cannot tell. I can't say there is a Heaven or Hell, as you can't either. To assume you know how life works, assumes you have knowledge no other human does. Are you really ready to take that role? I didn't think so.