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I'd like to believe that there is something after this life
Fri Dec 17, 2010 09:39

and reincarnation seems to make the most sense to me. Not the classical, I was once Cleopatra type of reincarnation, but more of my energy and matter will someday help make up some other living being, just as before I existed, it made up another thing.
It's not so important, though, that I need to spend a lot of time focusing on an afterlife. What is going on here and now is much more vital. My son has been a bit fixated on death this past year. He's almost 4 and this time last year, we had to put our one cat down. We didn't hide what was happening from him, but at the same time, didn't expose him to more than necessary. Needless to say, he's been asking a lot of questions. Both my husband and I have been answering them as honestly as we can. My favorite response to when he asks what happens when we die is to say that no one really knows, but many have some really neat ideas.

  • I don't think there is an "afterlife".OldCM, Thu Dec 9 09:41
    I know everybody wants to live forever and nobody (well, not many anyhow) wants to die. But, sooner or later, we all will. I used to believe in all the Christian teachings of Heaven and Hell, etc.... more
    • I don't think there is any way to "know"Siã☀©, Sat Dec 18 12:28
      so all "beliefs" (that work for someone) are created equal... Because there has never been anyone who has actually returned from the dead (excluding claims by Bauer AND the Christian belief in Jesus... more
      • completely agree...donk, Sun Dec 19 07:31
        I suppose matters of the spirit are germane, but how any of us could know is beyond me. Guess anybody ought to do the best they can and if that isn't good enough, tough.
      • That's a great point.OldCM, Sat Dec 18 13:07
        I love your attitude.
    • I'd like to believe that there is something after this life — Moraith, Fri Dec 17 09:39
      • I'm with you...donk, Sun Dec 19 07:39
        with respect to the possibility of reincarnation, at least as a life energy. When I was influenced (as a child) by Japanese, they sort of instilled in me the idea that once we are human, we will... more
      • Excellent answer for you son!Siã☀©, Sat Dec 18 12:22
        When my girls were wee lasses, I still believed in the Christian "heaven" of some form or another... I never believed in a heaven where we all had our little homes and families and connected the same ... more
        • Thank you, Sia. Moraith, Sun Dec 19 20:56
          It's understandable that anyone would want to hold on to the notion of seeing loved ones who have crossed over. I don't believe that death can ever destroy those we love. As long as they are... more
        • YOUR son... ugh (nm)Siã☀©◔̯◔, Sat Dec 18 12:24
      • I don't know ...OldCM, Fri Dec 17 10:29
        ... if I am looking forward to being a cockroach or a wasp or a rattlesnake. I think your answer to your son's questions is admirably honest.
        • Thank youMoraith, Fri Dec 17 10:39
          I don't believe in coddling him needlessly, but at the same time, I have no desire to scare the bejeebus out of him or worry him needlessly. If we're going to be "reborn" as insects or snakes, I... more
      • My Little Boy Is 4, As Well...Uru Hammer, Fri Dec 17 10:13
        ...and went thru a period of morbid fascination. I think it was his first understanding of death, at least to some extent. What I thought was important was to make sure that fear was not a part of... more
    • Dude ...Mondo Fuego™, Fri Dec 10 18:29
      ... just as you could not observe or see any evidence of life until you were born ... you cannot observe or see any evidence of an afterlife until ... well ... until after life. Hope this clears up... more
      • LOL.OldCM, Fri Dec 10 19:49
        I have heard many stories of people dying seeing family members who had already died, or Jesus, or whoever. I think science has pretty well squashed those stories with their dying brain theory. I... more
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