Friday, June 12, 2009

Afterlife

The concept of life after death is not founded on verifiable information. It does not have its origin in first hand reports or observable data achieving anything close to adequate scientific veracity. Resist the temptation to quote your holy book, cultures much older than yours have also held beliefs similar enough to be called life after death. Man has long entertained an idea consisting primarily of continuation after death. We have entertained this idea under the cover of numerous rationales, each replaced after sufficient generations by a new rationale. None of these afterlife rationales represent the folding in of new information, rather they are themselves folded into new religions, co-opted as it were into new cultural expressions.

Why do humans entertain the hope of a life after death?
What are the origins of this peculiar hope in an afterlife?
What benefits, for society or individuals, promote the maintenance of this belief?

1 comment:

domboy said...

I never fathomed this concept. Even if there is an afterlife, it’s clear our present existence as we know it cannot continue after death, and to allow the experienced world to be dominated by a concept of a ‘greater’ existence seems insane to me. I can only guess it comes from an inherent human characteristic to shirk responsibility.