View Thinker #02584e's profile thought 15 years, 4 months ago...

Somehow tonight, we ended up having a pointless debate about what happens after death. -"I know that there's just blackness, but I want to believe there's something after." I was outnumbered. These days it just sounds silly to believe in the afterlife, but I do. Not in heaven and hell persay, but in SOMETHING. I just can't wrap my head around the idea of my consciousness just ending. That there is nothing after the blackness.

"Have you ever been knocked out for surgery before?" "Yeah" "I think death is like that, that blackness." Well, I only know I've been knocked out when I wake up, when I reach that other side. So how can I know I am dead until I reach the other side? I remember the passage of time, and that's gotta count for something.

"Basically it comes down to this, our chemicals and neurons are what makes up our brains, and when we die, our brains die, and in order for you to think there's something after, you have to think that there is something separate from the brain, a soul."

I don't know what to say to that. Do we have souls?

I can't believe we don't. Yes, I'm ridiculous and believe in some weird paranormal things. I wasn't raised religious from birth, I came to it later, and now I seem to have fallen out of it again, and yet I can't help but think there is something, SOMETHING out there.

I don't think I've ever been afraid of death. Afraid of losing others yes, but never afraid of dying myself. I'm curious... or at least I was. I want to know what happens. I want to know what happens after the darkness. But now... I'm concerned that all there is is the darkness, and this vague sense of time passing with nothing you can do about it...

I can hear the clock ticking in the back of my mind. I only hope that when it goes off, it's an alarm, and I wake up to find a plate of bacon and explanations. Please don't let it be a bomb. Please don't let me be obliterated from this world. I haven't done anything. I'm nothing....

I'm nothing.

What was I supposed to be?

View Thinker #c00f9b's profile

I don't think there is anything ridiculous about believing in the soul, or wanting to believe in some sort of afterlife. Just because science hasn't found a way to prove or see something yet does not mean that something doesn't exist. When it comes to death we know nothing. People can say it's ike being knocked out for a surgery, people can say that there are beautiful lights, but no one has truly died and come back a year later to tell us all what it was like. Maybe things don't work if you one of those people who died for like three minutes and then came back, maybe all they saw was blackness because it wasn't time for them to go anywhere else.

Personally I do believe in the human soul, and I do believe that there is life be it reincarnation or something else that lays on the other side of death. But in the end you have nothing to worry about.

If you die and go to heaven then your set and there is nothing to worry about If you die and go to hell you'll probably be there with a lot of fun people so there is nothing to worry about. If you die and get reincarnated, then you know have lived through life at least once before and can handle going through it a second time, so there is nothing to worry about. If nothing exists and when we simply wink out of existence when we die then we certainly won't be conscious enough to give a damn about it.

View Thinker #000000's profile

Hey, check this out. You're not dead yet. Now get busy living, because despite the eternity that you'll be dead, you'll only be alive for a little while longer. Seize the day. The stuff that happens when you die will sort itself out on its own without you needing to worry about it.

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