I wish I could just let this one slide, but clearly I can't!
If you ask my friends, there seems to be three main beliefs (I have REALLY simplified them, but you'll get my drift):
- You hang out with god for all eternity!
- You pick another life which holds more (life) lessons you need to learn and you're reborn and you continue this process until you get it right.......then you hang somewhere (very nice apparently) for eternity!
- You turn to dust and that's the end of the story!
Nobody can convince me otherwise - no one knows what actually happens when we die. People have beliefs and that's what gets them through.
I want a belief, well actually, I think I need a belief!
Clearly number 3 sucks and I'd prefer not to give that one too much thought. Although it is possible! Especially if you go with the "we just started out as one cell" theory! So then I ask (and I am yelling when I do) "what was the point of it all?"
The "God" I grew up with was difficult to get along with, had lots of really ridiculous rules (birth control - illegal) and he had a tendency to be a little nasty - for eg...........he burns sinners (and I have indeed sinned!)..........so I'm not likely to go with this option. (although if it turned out we got the whole "penance, burning thing wrong", I could definitely hang with him - lets face it by the time I die, I'll be almost perfect!!)
I'm liking the whole Mother Earth, Karma, rebirth thing! I'm probably the most comfortable with this (if comfort is the right word?). It could make sense to me! But still scary!
It doesn't matter how you look at it, it's kind of like a leap of faith isn't it? Because I'm not likely to find hard evidence of any of the above (3) options am I?
OR I could just not waste another second of my life thinking about death. However I do tend to be a little obsessive. So I think the only way around this issue is to find a belief and stick with it!
I'll get back to you......................