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Life is a mystery

Life is a deep mystery. I feel, as Alan Watts expressed, amazed to find myself living on this little rock called Earth, orbiting around an ordinary star among billions in the galaxy, on the edge of a very ordinary galaxy in a universe of billions of such galaxies. How did I get here? Will the essence of who I am continue to exist when my body has died and decayed away? I don’t know. Religions say they have the answer to such questions, but really, all they offer is a guess, stated with much confidence, and a command that I must believe. I don’t know, and I am certain that nobody else knows. If life continues after death, there is only one way to find out, and that is to find out for yourself by dying. But, if I die and there is nothing else, then I will never know. If I die and there is something else, perhaps it is less desirable than the life I have now. There is no guarantee that the next life, if there is one, will be better than this one. If it is true that credulous belief in unproven and unprovable assertions is a prerequisite to a good afterlife, then for sure I will not be enjoying the next one. If it is true that seeking after truth, with an open and inquiring mind, applying logic and reason is the surest pathway to hell, then I am indeed hellbound.


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