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Author Topic: "Hereafter"  (Read 877 times)

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Offline Jody

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« on: April 19, 2011, 11:19:15 PM »
My friend Frank and I saw the movie "Hereafter" with Matt Damon this past weekend on cable.  It was a well acted and well done film I thought and while the topic of life after death has never been one to consume much of my thoughts in the past, I suddenly came away from this film thinking a great deal about it.  The theme of a psychic (Matt Damon) touching hands with someone who has lost a loved one and getting in touch with the departed soul and communicating their thoughts to the living person is old hat but was done well. 

A young English boy who was killed communicated through Damon's character to his very close twin brother that the weightlessness of death was rather cool and the knowing of things we cannot know in life was extraordinary and also showed that the dead can alter our lives by small actions.  A French woman was near death from a tsunami but was brought back to life after travelling, as such to a place where dead souls were living life after death.  The politics of the discussion of life after death has been dominated by our major religions and they have stifled scientific research into the subject which has angered many for it was stated that the descriptions of the experiences of those who have been brought back from the brink of death have been eerily similar without any knowledge of others in what they saw and how it was layed out and the feeling of the afterlife. 

Of course the view of one actor that when the light goes out it goes out and that is it and we are no more is always something humans conceive as a possibility but should we remain cognizant of ourselves after death this presents an entirely different concept and one that excites but also strikes a certain fear, not because I have been a bad man but because one would have no control anymore, does it go on forever, energy never dying, and would it get boring.  Would we miss our little lives here in reality, and why would we live on in another realm? 

I'm verklempt already from so many philosophies but I hope I get my mind off the topic soon and just try to have a good laugh, a good meal with friends and a nice enough life.  The views that were given of the potential afterlife looked like poorly taken photographs and did not leave me feeling content or happy by any means.   I don't think I will make a well adjusted weightless orb already! ;)

Live long and prosper my good friends,

Jody :P
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Offline mecch

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Re: "Hereafter"
« Reply #1 on: April 20, 2011, 08:08:29 AM »
I don't much think about what comes after death. 
I long gave up on the catholic beliefs of my childhood.
Its interesting to consider reincarnation of some sort.

I figure we all have to make the best of today.  So if we think about the history of the world and all living things, then making the best of the life we have, seems just like making the best of today within my own little world.

Its interesting to think about having a soul carried over several cycles of a living "host".  But the "work" - "ah, that's a burden from your last lifecyle" - sounds like protestant beliefs, as in why would I have to do anything except live? To please who? 

But we all aspire to less suffering in the here and now, so its interesting to think about not hurting others, working together, peace and love, in the here and now. 

“From each, according to his ability; to each, according to his need” 1875 K Marx


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