It really is safe to say that “our own inevitable mortal death” becomes the foundation for investigating beliefs and facts, and your topic has made me consider what it is that I believe, and see if I can summarise it in a post. But I think I’ll alter something first, to: is there death after life?
Physics somewhat identifies that there is only ever change in states of being when it comes to atomic structure and the parts of not just an atom but the parts of those parts. We may accept that the search for the elusive Higg’s Boson/God Particle may have glimpsed it during extreme scientific investigation, and there may be a description of what it is and what it does, but are we really able to know what it is because of theory and a glimpse of it?
That kind of describes what a belief is when a theory describes ‘life and death’...it just comes down to personal acceptance of what ‘feels’ right, no matter other facts that could upset our feeling. As there are so many beliefs that can be categorised into religions, due to what kind of checklist one has for a religion, there are still so many more beliefs because we personalise the categories and find that we have a little of this or that as part of our religion. Buddhists and others have reincarnation and also the ability to overcome reincarnation, while Christians and others have reincarnation and no ability to overcome it. Death means a change into some other state of being, either on a material level of existence or on a level that is somewhat ‘superstitious’.
Let’s not forget that there is ‘limbo’ or its other titles, where something just kind of rests and waits and is part of the whole while not being of much use.
Electromagnetism pervades the certain location of any existing thing, due to an existing thing’s form, especially when the construction of an atom is broken down to its component parts that interact to form the atom. As much as we can determine, ‘mind’ is electromagnetism.
It kind of seems that ‘mind’ is the glue that keeps components of the whole together, for if ‘mind’ were not there, there would only be parts blind to their own interactions and what the forces of nature can be. For an atom, having no ‘mind’ would mean there is no positive or negative expression of its components interacting...there would be a stillness that really has no meaning beyond being something to fill up empty space...limbo.
It also kind of seems that mankind developed beliefs-becoming-religions because the idea of nothing after death meant all our efforts to live, and what benefits our life could leave behind, might amount to nought if we weren’t still around to appreciate what we are no longer part of. We may have a corpse or may not, but because one has existed, ‘mind’ may still be attached to it in some way, and if so, then it is attached to those still around. In that way, the dead are not gone, just removed to a plane of existence that may still have influence in life all due to how the living view them and the influences they may have upon the living and their ‘demands’. Demands, of course, is what should happen to someone alive.
This delves into superstition and the supernatural, and if we personalise events we are part of as being influenced from some outside force of nature instead of us being in a certain place at a certain time to experience something. And that is ‘mind’ all over...electromagnetism extending beyond a form and its personal existence, out into the surrounds, and how a form interacts with the experience as it moves toward a particular event that has an outcome. For anything that actually has a mind and the ability for reflection upon the past, the event becomes either something that is part and parcel of all such events that may arise, or just one example of a result from certain interactions leading up to an event.
Personally, I do not believe in life after death but I am certain there is death after life...but it is kind of the same as atomic physics where ‘I’ am no more but there are many parts of me that change into other things that ‘I’ am dissolved into and my ‘mind’ has no awareness of. While I am alive, my ‘mind’ does extend beyond my form but only to other forms that are also existing, communicating as it were in ways that many beliefs and religions and sciences can describe but is really hard for me to describe...I can only give over basic descriptions of events and how they were shaped to be arrived at.
I do fail, even to myself, in the appreciation of what is actually going on, so I more-so fail when communicating this to anyone or anything else after the event. But while the event is rising toward its conclusion, all I can do is be in the moment and let it unfold toward what the demands of the event require to be what it is...to be positive or negative, or rest in limbo until another opportunity arises where I have another chance to be part of something that does not become limbo. Sometimes I do more than necessary to meet those demands, other times less, while mostly it seems I do exactly what was necessary because it is, after all, the life I am living.
For the most part, being aware that I am alive is what pervades my thoughts when I settle after my day into sleep as the past and future shake themselves off my now, and I construct – as much as possible – pathways into dreaming. I don’t know what I can do while I am asleep, but I sure know what I am capable of while awake. And that right there is the belief in life after death: are you incapable of doing something while alive and after death is the only realm where you might be able to do something?
If so, sleep on it, and let your dreams be your impetus to greater things for yourself in life instead of for others after your death. You may think you still exist after death, but others may think differently...all depends on what ‘religion’ you have.
Ps: I do so like one definition of religion: belief in the self. Nothing matters beyond what we believe, for we are the only one who knows what is inside our head when we drift away.
Thanks for the opportunity to indulge in making wonderment reference. I salute you Rune. Slainte