i woke this morning to a fabulous article Brent had forwarded me examining NDEs and the different sides to the scientific understanding and spiritual understanding. the article is here if you’re interested:
considering the majority of you probably won’t click on the link, i want to point out a specific part of the article that caught my eye:
“There is a core experience that is essentially the same across cultures. Christians don’t see Hindu gods and Hindus don’t see Jesus, so there is some kind of cultural overlay, but we are dealing with people attempting to put an ineffable experience into words. There’s a common core that has as its basis the fact that we all have very similar brains, so when things go awry we are likely to have similar experiences.”
the concept of life after death is something i have always been interested in, but never really took the time to explore until recently. a few months ago i was sharing some thoughts (and some beer) with a couple of friends from my hometown, and we were discussing religion vs. science and what each has to do with the afterlife. i remember this specifically because one of my friends turned to me and said,
“i don’t really understand the mechanics of either side. i don’t believe in God or religion, but i also could never understand the purpose of life if we cease to exist after we die.”
meaning that while he may not be a spiritual man, he certainly believes in the afterlife. now, i was raised in church and spent 3 days a week for 15 years devoted to reading the Bible and studying Christianity. while my thoughts on the Bible differ greatly from others (we’ll save that for a different entry on a different day) i still very much believe in God and the possibility of Heaven and Hell.
it never dawned on me that people who do not follow a faith (whether Christianity, Buddhism, Hinduism, Doaism, etc) still consider the possibility of an afterlife. what do they imagine the afterlife to consist of? how do their thoughts differ from my own?
i’m becoming obsessed with death. i thought i could take a month off and forget about school for a while, but as soon as i turned in my last paper i instantly wanted to research for next semester.
wtf? i want a break!