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This question has already been asked before probably in this forum, I'm just too lazy to look up the thread. But what are your thoughts?

 

Personally, I'd be okay with anything as long as it's not eternal agony or just ceasing to exist entirely. Reincarnation? Sure. Paradise? I'm cool with that too.

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I have a hard time believing that much at all lies beyond death, and I often stop and wonder what it's like to be dead. 

I've always seen it as a never ending darkness, like when you're asleep in a very dark room.

 

If I could have it anyway I want, I'd much rather have some kind of personal paradise, unless our planet suddenly gets a whole lot better I'm not for being reincarnated and brought back here.

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It might be an incorrect question, like "what lies beyond the edge of the universe?"  The universe could be finite with no boundaries, just like the surface of the earth is finite with no boundaries.  If there's no "afterlife", then asking what's beyond death is kind of... wrong.  Interesting discussions can come out of it, but the question itself might very well be pure nonsense if it doesn't correspond with objective reality.

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Well, if you look at it from a non religious perspective. There's nothing to imagine. We can't remember anything before/ from being born, nor should we remember anything after death.

 

In a religious perspective though, depending on your beliefs, there's always hell, heaven, etc.

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What if being dead was the same as sleeping? Which would mean once you die, you are in a dream forever. Maybe dreaming a new dream over and over again. It seems odd to me that once we die, there is absolutely nothing after death.

I was going to say something else but seems I have forgotten...

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I hope not but damn that would suck so much.

it wouldnt suck since theres nothing, literally nothing. you dont exist as a thing anymore, therefore you wouldn't be able to feel like "damn, being dead sure sucks"

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Taking it from a non-religious perspective, it's hard to imagine. No black void, your ability to be conscious basically ceases to exist.

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I'm a atheist, But I beilive in  Reincarnation into a new human being

^ This. I don't really believe in god and such, but I believe that there is an afterlife

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^ This. I don't really believe in god and such, but I believe that there is an afterlife

Interesting. So some aethists believe in afterlife, or life after this one? Didn't know that. 

 

I believe in a heaven, hell, or purgatory. At the very least, there is something after death. Id rather have a fool's hope then look the fool when I get to heaven. 

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I took this course on the history of mankind and there's this part where the guy says that mankind has been telling themselves 4 stories about death since the earliest recorded history, which are:

 

1. The notion of a soul/spirit - That even after death, we have a "soul" or "spirit" that persists even when our physical bodies are no longer capable of life. This ties into the idea of a "heaven" and different "planes of existence".

 

2. An elixir of youth - That somewhere out there, there's a potion that can grant everlasting life.

 

3. Reincarnation - That after you die, you are "reborn" again as another living thing, with or without your past experiences and knowledge.

 

4. Legacy - That after you die, the only thing that lives on is your work, whether it's literature, music, achievements, etc. But even then, things like that are bound to be forgotten sooner or later.

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Interesting. So some aethists believe in afterlife, or life after this one? Didn't know that. 

 

I believe in a heaven, hell, or purgatory. At the very least, there is something after death. Id rather have a fool's hope then look the fool when I get to heaven. 

Yeah, only some though. Most just beilive in a void which I call is bullshit. there has to be something, I think the most reasonable is reincarnation. Only into a human being

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I like to think that either it's nothing, or it's reincarnation. 

 

I don't mean that we have souls and that we're recycled, but that sometimes you just align and suddenly it's you again, but not related to your old self, you could be a totally different person, with new vices, just happening to have the same consciousness for some reason. Not in the Buddhist sense, please don't get me wrong.

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Death is pure anaesthaesia. Nothing. Nothing is a lot less scary than it seems when you finally feel it. It's one of the most blissful, carefree and soothing things you can feel (or not feel, even).

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Death is pure anaesthaesia. Nothing. Nothing is a lot less scary than it seems when you finally feel it. It's one of the most blissful, carefree and soothing things you can feel (or not feel, even).

 

As a side note, have you ever experienced the process of your brain "rebooting" from heavy anesthesia?  Your consciousness comes back in stages, each one granting more awareness than in previous stages.  At least, that's how it was for me.  It's hard to describe though, and the experience has faded from my memory quite a bit now.  The successive stages of awareness allows one to reflect on the absence of those levels of awareness in previous stages.  It makes me wonder if it's possible that there are higher levels of awareness that I haven't experienced.  There probably are, but perhaps our brains have not evolved to reach them yet.

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As a side note, have you ever experienced the process of your brain "rebooting" from heavy anesthesia?  Your consciousness comes back in stages, each one granting more awareness than in previous stages.  At least, that's how it was for me.  It's hard to describe though, and the experience has faded from my memory quite a bit now.  The successive stages of awareness allows one to reflect on the absence of those levels of awareness in previous stages.  It makes me wonder if it's possible that there are higher levels of awareness that I haven't experienced.  There probably are, but perhaps our brains have not evolved to reach them yet.

So like, 1st stage get your sight back, 2nd sound? kinda like that?

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