Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Afterlife, the concept, is a basic need of mankind [COMPACTIDEA]

"Gone forever" [or "lost forever"] is too hurtful a realization. Mankind needs the concept of afterlife in order to reduce the hurt of death of a loved one. It makes one feel - even if falsely - that the lost one is still alive, even if elsewhere. It lowers the pain of the immense loss by assuring one that the person has only separated, but "is still there", somewhere. It allows one to continue wishing good for the departed soul. It allows one to continue "speaking" to the gone person, even if only in one's mind. It would be too difficult to live with the knowledge that with the funeral pyre, everything that comprised one's loved one - body and mind/personality - is gone, and gone forever. Too hurtful. Hence mankind created the concepts of afterlife, next life, and so on.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Philosophical - most people end up at one of those cremation grounds which they had attended all their lives [COMPACTIDEA]

This feels saddening and philosophical. But then death is sad and philosophical. People attend cremation grounds throughout their lives, for the cremation of colleagues, friends, associates, relatives, etc. Does anyone ever think or realize that one day, upon one's death, one is going to end up and burn into ashes at one of these same grounds? This mere thought can send chills through one's body.