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Going somewhere?

Everyone ends up there.

It’s inevitable that one day we will cease to exist, at least in the physical sense. If you believe, as most Christians do, in a spiritual afterlife, there are two, or at the most, three, places you may find yourself (assuming our spirits have sentience). Those three places (and I use the word “places” figuratively) are Heaven, Hell, and Purgatory. I can’t speak for non-Christian folk about what they believe happens when their lives are over.

Here are the definitions of those three places as described on Wikipedia:

Heaven: a common religious, cosmological, or transcendent place where beings such as gods, angels, spirits, saints, or venerated ancestors are said to originate, be enthroned, or live.

Hell:  in many religious and folkloric traditions, is a place of torment and punishment in the afterlife.

Purgatory: (In Roman Catholic theology) is an intermediate state after physical death in which some of those ultimately destined for heaven must first “undergo purification, so as to achieve the holiness necessary to enter the joy of heaven. (Notice there is no place mentioned where this “purification” occurs.)

What if there’s a fourth place: Nowhere.

Isn’t it intriguing to think that when we die, it’s no more or no less than that, we die and that’s it. We essentially cease to exist anywhere, we’re gone. Period. We don’t feel, see, hear, or know anything, we’re as if we never were. What if the only “real” thing about us after we die are the memories others have of us?

What if our afterlife is memories? If that’s the case, then wouldn’t we become immortal? Unless nobody cares to remember us. That’s a sad thought.

If you haven’t created good memories for those you’ll leave behind, then I suggest you start doing it now, with vigor!

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By TC Conner

Freelance writer/photographer, musician, husband and father.

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