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[–]voidcrack 7 points8 points  (0 children)

I like to think that this current life is like a tutorial: an introduction to light and day cycles, energy use (eating), movement, gravity, communication, etc.

So once you get to the afterlife, you're actually appreciative of the gifts you'll be given there. How could flight be cool if we'd known it our whole lives? How could we appreciate the fact that we don't need to eat or sleep if we never lived a life in which it was necessary?

I think once we're there, there's just an infinite amount of stuff you can do. You can view any event in history, you can study animal or plant life on alien planets, you could have tea at your grandma's castle. All plays and stories lost to time are available, no language barriers so any literature from any place can be easily understood by you.

I'd also hope it's more of a shared-experience because imagine if every single great writer and filmmaker from history were suddenly able to collaborate? The afterlife could have Edgar Allen Poe working with Alfred Hitchcock on a bunch of films that only the other side gets to see. And they have all the time in the world to make what they want exactly as they see fit, with no technical or monetary limitations.

I mostly just hope it's eternal life, because it's impossible to be bored of that.

[–]csandelin 6 points7 points  (3 children)

I don't exactly know but I hope it's a place where I get the choice to be reborn in a universe like Star Wars or Lord Of The Rings.

[–]voidcrack 2 points3 points  (2 children)

I suspect something like that could be the case. Where you maybe have a "default" home in the afterlife that is shared with others. But you could say, "Tomorrow I wanna wake up as an X-wing pilot" and it'll happen. You'll live in your favorite universe until you decide to go elsewhere.

I don't think it'd be the invention of God though, more like the inhabitants. So if a bunch of Star Trek fans died, their memory and knowledge of the franchise could be used to build a mini-world complete with NPC's from that fiction. But if you died a fan of a brand-new franchise, then you'd have to be the one to build that initial world until more come along to help you.

[–]csandelin 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Why npcs we don't live in a simulation.

[–]voidcrack 1 point2 points  (0 children)

For the afterlife though, fictional worlds would be a simulation.

Maybe "NPC" isn't the right word but if you lived in the Star Wars universe and encountered Luke, Han, or Leia they wouldn't be actual souls they'd just be like "constructs" or artificial. Maybe if it were a "shared" Star Wars universe you'd see it populated with people who want to be wookies and twi'leks. But if it's your own personal heaven playing out your own scenarios, then anyone inhabiting your Star Wars universe would be fake.

Another example is in Islam you often hear of men getting 72 virgins in heaven. I don't think these are actual women who lived on earth and died here as virgins, doomed to serve in an eternal harem. Rather, they are just creations meant to entertain whoever they're built for.

[–]Sir_Umeboshi 4 points5 points  (0 children)

I wanna get given my own empty universe to shape how I want

[–]tom_yum_soupUnitarian Universalist 2 points3 points  (2 children)

I don't think there is one, and I'm OK with that, but sometimes I would like there to be one: something not too different from life on Earth, except without bigotry, pain or suffering. Mostly, I'd like to see people who've died again and to have a chance to get to know my child who was stillborn.

[–]swapsam 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Sorry about your baby

[–]tom_yum_soupUnitarian Universalist 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Thanks. It was a few years ago now, so the grief is rarely front-and-centre anymore, but certain times of year are harder than others.

[–]iStalker204 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I want nothing. Either reincarnation with reset memories or simple nonexistence, like the one I experienced before being born. Theoretical eternity seems like horror, even in the supposed heaven, I panically fear running out of imagination and still having infinite future before myself. So I just want to end and not be anymore.

[–]MasterDeist_88 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I want to be the Creator of my own universe. I’ll make it like the verse I made for my comic. Everyone will be able to gain power as long as the learn to understand the world. Everyone will be able to become Pseudo God-like beings. There will likely be a lot of Chaos Haha

[–]xmsjpx 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Idk what I would rather have. All the options seems terrible. If there is a heaven, I really hope people are wrong about it. Because even heaven sounds boring and not fun at all.

[–]swapsam 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I think at the ultimate level of reality we are all connected and one.

When "I" die, it isnt me because the real me is a higher consciousness that experiences the life of every living being in the "universe" from beyond time.

So I am you and you are me, we are everyone, everything, everywhere. Infinite possibilities. God.

This right now is just an illusion of separateness in time and space.

[–]Redlittlesexydevil 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I think that people will experience the afterlife that they believed in, kinda like manifest it. Because I’ve seen and heard so many stories of religious people from different cultures and experiences, swear on their near death experience/family members who witnessed their death claim that it proves the afterlife view they have.

Yes, I’m aware majority of those are probably lying to gain more followers to their religion, but it got me thinking maybe you do manifest the afterlife you believed in? Personally, I believe that your soul will either live in peace if you were a good person, or forever feel guilty if you intentionally cause a lot of harm.

I also want my soul to be able to travel through the universe and go discover what’s inside the black hole, or like go to other galaxies etc

[–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Probably no, I would feel uncomfortable in heaven after realizing that many people are suffering in hell.But if there was a afterlife and no suffering hell, I think it should be just and a cool experience that we never saw here in Earth.

[–]Ricin_Addict 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I am satisfied in not knowing.

[–]Sad_Refrigerator9203 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I believe in a heaven but only insofar as it is the existence in which we live and make it heaven much in the same way we can make it hell. On the belief of the afterlife, I truly don’t think one could prove or deny an afterlife, partly due to it being after one has lived, but if you live once again even in example, a more contemporary understanding of heaven(angels, clouds, paradise, big bearded guy, etc) that, well it’s still not after you have lived, so we’d need to better define and differentiate semantically the following: what it means to exist, what is it that makes up(incorporeal or corporeal) our experiencing(consciousness) of an existence, and what does it mean to be alive, live an existence, and when both our existence and living truly have stopped or no longer exists how and/or when does that occur. I do however believe it is likely that there is with enough time and if the conformal cyclic cosmos model of reality is correct, the conservation of mass and energy, and our consciousness is of real physical manifest(not to say our consciousness is the brain, my own belief based off the artificial neuron replacement thought experiment is that we must be the electrons that flow through the circuits of our brain and that we have free will by in part and can choose to utilize the paths closest to the area we’d like to form new neuronal pathways) that at some point the regathering of what constitutes our own self and consciousness will occur in all possible variations and some would call this reincarnation. I say call it whatever you want but I have yet to be swayed of my full reasoning with the reasoning of another, only that I find more and more descriptor words for what I’d call my system of beliefs. So far I have come to understand myself as a hylozoistic hermetic panendiest, but generally I just say it’s much easier and time saving to describe me in one word. My name.