We have to admit that like minded people often hang out together. They have things in common, which makes conversations, and life in general, easier. They support each other’s ideas and even beliefs, so preaching to the choir often makes for a nice insulated and peaceful life. If you like that kind of thing.
People who are unlike each other can get along, but it sometimes takes more work. Depends on how big, or important, their differences are. Sometimes there can be back and forth conversations but for the most part, people are who they are and they believe what works for them. More often than not, people don’t want to change.
There are also people we don’t want to be around at all. Ever. People who are so far removed from who we are, that growling sounds can be heard when they come into view. LOL Trying to make peace is futile and can lead to all kinds of mayhem, including violence and even death. The situation is hot and can be filled with hatred and aggression. We protect our beliefs and the way we want our world to be.
Those authors and others, who, after the election, said we should talk to each other, either don’t get it, may never have never been passionate about anything, or lived in the real world, or been on a picket line. But I digress.
Here’s the point, that somehow got lost on the way to this part of what I’m actually trying to say. When people accept what other people have written, whether in the past (when things were obviously not what they are today), or today, they sometimes forget that the person who wrote whatever it is, didn’t actually KNOW anything.
People write about the afterlife, but have no clue what it’s like to be dead, or what happens when we are dead. Yet people believe what they read. It is absolutely impossible to know where we came from before we we were here, or what it’s like after we’re gone. NO ONE KNOWS. But people will tell you that they do. Other people read, or listen, to those people and believe that they truly know what comes next.
If we look back in history, we can see how silly it is to take ANYTHING seriously. People believed the earth was flat, that the earth was the center of the universe (ego much), and any number of things that made sense to those who were alive at the time. We are them. We aren’t any different. We believe what we believe at this time because this is what we think we know right now. We are exactly like them but with better tools.
Take black holes, for example. Once they were found, all kinds of theories and beliefs popped up. Then they found out that every galaxy had one and that they were the thing that brought galaxies to life. That might change again.
We can’t believe the weatherpeople, at least not where I live. From moment to moment they know nothing at all, even with their billion dollars worth of equipment. Our best chance to know what’s going on, is to look out a window or go outside.
But that’s something we can SEE. Something we can test, or look at, with whatever equipment we have available at the time.
There is nothing we can do to know about what happens after death. NOTHING AT ALL. No tests are available. So quoting what others have said about what happens after death is meaningless because what they are saying is simply something they personally believe and have made up, or read from a different book where someone made up what he made up himself. Dead people didn’t write the books, or give the lectures. Living people did. You wouldn’t believe me if I wrote a book about farming, but I could do it, even thought I don’t know anything about it.
I mean, men used to write books about women’s health. They still do. Hahahahahaa They can’t possibly know what it’s like to have a baby. Impossible, but they believe they are experts. How funny is THAT. That’s what I mean. People LISTEN to those guys. But they have no real experience when it comes to having a child, or being pregnant, or ANYTHING AT ALL, that has to do with being female. So, people who don’t know anything write books all the time. They may know medical treatment, but they have no clue what it’s like to do it. Like all the guys who yell at football players and think they could do a better job because they were second string in high school. Just like that.
Death could mean PARTY TIME, or nothing at all. We could spend the time we have left making up things about what happens after death and it wouldn’t get us one breath closer to any kind of truth. We can’t know. It is IMPOSSIBLE to know.
People can get huffy about that. Those who believe they know, well, believe they know. That’s fine, but the only thing true about it is that they believe what they made up, or what someone else made up. Whatever gets them through the night, I guess.
People seem to be afraid of a lot of things. I’m not really sure why. People might be afraid of leaving what they know, but death is only scary if you believe it is. That’s true for everything. What we believe is what our lives are.
People don’t like their beliefs to be questioned. They can ignore the obvious, ignore everything, and just believe what they want to believe, even if it doesn’t make sense. Like those who believe that evolution isn’t real, or that kids played outside with dinosaurs. Hey, not my fantasy, that’s for sure.
There’s no difference in those beliefs than there is in racism, sexism, agism, or any other ugly thing people believe in. We make them all up and then believe we know what’s going on. How crazy are we? How can we believe there’s nothing going on with our climate when we can SEE that something is wrong. How can we believe that life is good, when people are starving, getting killed, and have no access to education, work, or fresh water? I guess if we can over look rapist priests, lying religious and political leaders, poverty, hatred, gay bashing the wider and wider gap between the rich and everyone else and the end of manners, the death of bees and all the rest, there’s a reason some people think they know what’s going to happen after death and spend their entire lives trying to be worthy of whatever they think is waiting for them.
People don’t make sense. At all. They simply believe what they were TAUGHT to believe by their parents and grandparents and culture, etc. We need to question those things now. They don’t work today, if they ever did. They did work for the rich, at controlling others, getting money from them, including free labor and their children. But we need to overcome those things and begin again with a clean slate. We need to grow up and start thinking for ourselves and not be slaves to what other people put into our heads. Just because someone said something, or wrote something, doesn’t make it true, unless you need, or want it, to be. Hey, I’m just sayin’.