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Thursday, February 5, 2015


If you can't read the graphic above, you can click on it...but so what.  This is my absolute final and ultimate posting on simple solutions for death and Heaven.  Amazingly enough, I actually will provide an option to death.  I further came to a personal conclusion about the reality of a Heaven.

Last night I was reading my monthly alumni magazine, Stanford, and a faculty member, a historian, Kathryn Gin Lum, pontificated on the role of Hell in America.  This was one of those metaphoric moments in one's life when clarity finally prevails on no less a combined subject as death and the afterlife.  I actually visualized how death could be avoided, making anything following unnecessary.
Of course I once Santa Claus, God and Heaven.  But something happened along the way.  I grew up.   I now treat these and similar subjects as topics that continue to have utilitarian relevance--Santa Claus, for example, is a useful device to educate children during the Christmas holidays--but have largely become obsolete.

I'm now at the stage of thinking that the greatest immorality of most religious is the promise of some kind of afterlife.  It would be forgivable if their hereafter is couched to be virtual and a state of mind, rather than a continuation of the present in perpetuity with ultimate harmony.  But most religions concocted a hereafter to optimize societal relationships (one of the pluses about the concept), while maximizing continued membership.  I.e., you must maintain the faith to get into Heaven.  And why the delusion about an optimal afterlife?  All the other options are psychologically deficient, if not downright frightening.

So to cure you about the notion of Heaven, here is Revelation #1:  There is no Heaven where you interact with god, re-acquaint yourself with family/pets and forever live in total happiness.  What is my proof?  I have none, no less so than The Bible and everything it purports.
Returning to Assistant Professor of Religious Studies Lum, who is seeking tenure in a field where truth is being sacrificed to minimize controversy and maintain an aura of fairness.  While  the veteran atheist Richard Dawkins can thrive at Cambridge, newcomer Kathryn Lum must conform to an an American academic environment where all viewpoints need to be tolerated.  So she approaches Damned Nation in a manner which settles nothing, but pads her publication record.

Of course, being blunt is never appreciated, and Dawkins in 2013 lost a debate on this general subject to a former Archbishop of Canterbury.  Here is the entire 1.5 hour program.  That is the fate of anyone dogmatic enough to press a case against an overwhelming majority.  The fact of the matter is that 84% of the world has faith and are driven by the promise that the good people or bad (if you happen to be an Islamic terrorist who performs a sanctioned deed) will be rewarded after death.

This mode of thinking might have been essential for our species to have evolved, survived and prevailed.  But now that we made it, the time has come to enter the next stage of human development.  To quote Woody Allen:

     I don't want to achieve immortality through my work. I want to achieve it by not dying.


   There are worse things in life than death. Have you ever spent an evening with an insurance salesman?


If it turns out that there is a God, I don't think that he's evil. But the worst that you can say about him is that basically he's an underachiever.

If only God would give me some clear sign! Like making a large deposit in my name at a Swiss bank.

A few diversions by Woody Allen are always appropriate when addressing life's imponderables.  

So about that matter of death, science is getting closer to turning off the aging gene.  One of my Huffington Post articles of 2010 was entitled:

Ideally, death should someday become obsolete.  There are serious socio-political issues to come, of course, and there are two nasty details regarding cost and timing. 

However, my overwhelming anxiety of eternal gloom might not necessarily come to pass.  A few of us will be able to link our real time memory into Cloud storage, the contents which will automatically be transferred into the brain of your  improved and cloned body (where you can select the age of activation) at the termination of your previous life.

Fanciful?  Fantasy?  Lacking in details?  How much more convincing is The Bible or Koran?  What about the vast majority who will miss this opportunity?  A future blog posting will coach you on how to avoid that fate.  And there will be a simple solution.


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