I don’t know about you, but to me the thought of being here for a brief moment in time and then vanishing from existence seems pretty absurd, not in the sense that it’s not possible but in the sense that if this is truly the case, then life as we know it has no meaning at all.
Let’s say there’s nothing after death and you just cease to exist the moment you die. The question that raises itself now is this: “What are you here for?”
If you say that you’re here just to enjoy life while you have it and then go to lie in the dust well then I hate to break it to you but you seem to be doing a very lousy job at enjoying life. If there’s nothing after death then why go through all this trouble of getting an education (most of which you won’t ever use) and then a job (which is most probably something you hate doing but you have to do unless you’ll starve to death or will never get the dream house you’ve always wanted which by the way you won’t be able to enjoy, given that you’ll be spending most of your time outside of it to be able to afford it) and then getting married (and binding yourself to someone for the rest of your life when you’re both going to die anyway and never going to see each other again) and then having kids (who will suck the life out of you because now your mouth is no longer the only mouth to feed, hence guaranteeing you being stuck in your miserable job for the rest of your miserable life, and not to mention toiling to feed people who will also cease to exist at some point, unless of course you’re lucky enough to die before them) and then retiring at the end of your life (and trying to enjoy the few years you have left doing the things you enjoy doing but never got the chance to and most probably will never have the chance to because you’re so old now that you don’t have the energy to move your butt anymore, that’s of course if you’re not already hit by a sickness that will leave you posted to your bed for the rest of your remainder)?
Well if this is your idea of fun, who am I to judge?
But if you agree with me that this is no way to enjoy life while you have it before ceasing to exist then you’ll probably go to the other extreme and pretty much become bohemian, otherwise known as a hippie. That will seem promising at the beginning but will pretty much vaporize when you find yourself out of money and you realize that happiness is shared. And for that matter I highly recommend watching “Into the wild“, the true story of a certain Christopher McCandless who abandons his possessions and goes hitchhiking around America for the rest of his life – really profound and awesome movie, recommended to me by a good friend of mine.
It doesn’t stop here.
Why work so hard to be a good person if there’s no eternal consequence for your actions? Why not cast off restraint? It sure as heck would be more fun to be the bad guy in the story. Have you ever played Grand Theft Auto? Well I personally think that this game embodies the alternative reality we secretly wish we were living in. Imagine a world where you can steal the car you want and take it for a ride then bash it into a tree, pick up a prostitute and pull over to have your way with her in broad daylight, walk into a bar and leave it like Taz has just come to town, walk up to someone on the street and pick a fight with them and take off, all of which you’d be getting away with because, well, it’s just a game. But does it have to be just a game? Can’t it be real life instead?
Why do you work so hard on being a person of good values and morals? What’s the point if you’re going to be food for worms eventually?
You might say that you want to leave a legacy behind you and that you want to make the world a better place. Well if you think about it, it seems pretty pointless to me to work so hard on trying to improve something that is just existing, from generation to generation, without any destination. It’s like saying you’re passing on the baton to someone after you who will in turn pass it on to someone after him who will in turn pass it on to someone after him in a unending race that has no finish line and more importantly no prize!
I think humanity’s problem is that it wants to live as if there’s nothing after death when it is in fact programmed to live as if there is. We’re trying to shape a world that balances morality and hedonism at the same time when morality is pointless unless it has eternal meaning. Kinda takes me back to the very first temptation for mankind where man was tempted to fulfill his pleasure of eating from the forbidden tree with the promise that he’d become like God, knowing good and evil, in other terms: a moral person without God in the picture.
I hope by now you’re getting a glimpse of how absurd such a claim is – no life after death.
“He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, he has put eternity into man’s heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end.” (Ecclesiastes 3:11 ESV)