In response to this misguided sensationalist media headline…
…I wrote on Facebook:
Look at this ridiculous nonsense… 200 years to become a god-like immortal?
I’m god-like immortal right now!
RT needs to dig a bit deeper in their research of current trends and innovations.
Immortality is almost here, affordable for all.
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Before asking about the meaning and significance and potential purpose of death, Dacia replied:
Don’t you think that immortality is boring and can become some kind of prison eventually?
Infinitely less of a prison than 80 year mortality.
Life is probably not boring for a value creative demi-god of universal adventure and eternal romance. There are worlds of experience to be discovered, created and shared. If, say, in 50,000 years I actually become bored of life (I’m extremely diubtful, but ‘if’…), I can pull the plug, grow old and die.
Death is natural to animal and plant life. Death is unnatural to conscious life (self-aware introspection). Once we became conscious ~3,000 years ago via sophisticated development of language (ref: Julian Jaynes), death became the ultimate tragedy.
Religion has given us a coping mechanism while suppressing our realization of immortal gods. No longer.
Can you make an assumption that death (and life too 🙂 ) may have other purposes except this one you have described?
To me you seem to be asking:
“Is there another purpose to life other than the experience of eternal happiness?”
What could it be…
- Sacrifice to a God? (old age coping mechanism for accepting death and avoiding responsibility of godhood)
- Eliminating the Self? (new age coping mechanism for accepting death and avoiding responsibility of godhood)
What else is there?
Both of those approaches to coping with the tragedy of death (new age energetic unity and old age religious unity) are the exact same goal, but done with a different mind-set.
One seeks escape from life via the fanciful notion of an anthropomorphic (in man’s image) supreme being in the sky, who is full of love (brings hope) but judges our every move (adds the motivation of guilt) to whom we are supposed to spiritually ascend (by following its rulebook) and then dying so our soul elevates to a less material higher plane of spiritual existence as the soul becomes closer again to being part of that supreme being of the universe.
The other approach seeks escape from life via the somewhat deist or pantheist notion that while ‘universe‘ created us it does not directly command us, but is none-the-less full of love and light which apparently is a better mode of existence than individuated conscious experience within manifest material (physical form) and so the goal is to reduce ‘karma’ and ‘return to the limitless’ by letting go of physical attachment.
These seem to be the 2 broadest doctrines for ‘life after death’.
Which is the one that you currently relate to?
Or is there another possibility here?
Jason Silva expressed it beautifully: