Instruction Manual for Life [cc]
No, I'm not going to Heaven - I'd be bored stiff.
That's because the classical depictions of heaven are classically inane and unsophisticated. If there is any dimension beyond that offers some form of 'reward', clearly it has to be something more than the definitions out there.
I recall a conversation with my parents years back regarding heaven and hell, they were, sadly, just repeating the same tired dogma. Not sure what my dad would say today, as he's gotten the answer to what's out there just over nine years ago, and my mother loosened up and widened her view, a fair degree due to her two profoundly thinking sons I would say.
This notion that say, hypothetically, we go to heaven but not all our friends or family make it. Some go the other way, but yet, so the story goes, we won't be moping around upstairs...we'll be happy regardless.
...sounds like mind control to me.
What is so wrong with having a little faith? It gives my dying mother at least a little comfort to think that she'll see her family again after death. I don't know what I believe, but I would LOVE to believe that if she's taken from me too soon by this stupid illness that I will be with her again someday. and I'm pretty sure my mother has done nothing to anyone, so why begrudge her this belief?
I don't understand this statement.
Read my post again. I have no expectations on what lies beyond, only the great hope that something does, and this implies that we'll see other there too that have since passed on. If I go somewhere, certainly it follows that others do as well, I have no reason to suspect I occupy a privileged position in the universe…an all-too-common mistake by the religulous.
Just don't build your hopes on the expectations and confidence that you know what's coming, because you do not.