Most of us tend to think of the afterlife as a place that we visit after we die. Perhaps you imagine heaven as a beautiful city in the sky. Or, maybe, like many of our ancestors, you picture a void, a place of dark shadows and endless wandering.
The problem, of course, is that life after death, in a literal sense, is a matter of faith. Other than living a good life, as defined by our chosen religion, there is little that we can do to prepare for the afterlife.
We are biologically programmed to survive. Our genes tell us to cheat death as long as possible, to procreate and to protect our loved ones. In fact, if your DNA could talk, it would tell you that the meaning of life is simple – to survive, replicate and protect your genetic investment.
The problem, of course, is that people are not simply biological (or even social) beings. We are also spiritual beings. Whether placed there by a quirk of nature or by the hand of a divine creator, our minds contain a second, more subtle desire, the quest for meaning and self-actualization…
Fear is one of the most useful feelings that we possess. Its entire purpose is to keep us safe by helping us to avoid danger.
For most of human history, our fears have related to direct threats to our lives – tigers hiding in bushes, poisonous plants and violent storms spring to mind. But, as civilization has developed, so too has the complexity with which we view the world. Our dreams and fears have become more abstract and our primitive brains have struggled to separate fact from fiction.
For many, death is like a dark shadow, lurking just over the next hill. These people feel its touch, even if they cannot see its presence. Ironically, the more we fear death, the more we forget to live.
In talking with the members of our community, I have learned that true peace comes from understanding our place in the world and this is impossible without accepting our own mortality.
Since the beginning of time, humans have been fascinated by the idea of life after death. In fact, some people consider burial rituals to be among the earliest forms of religious practice.
So, perhaps it is no surprise that the afterlife is a common theme in our most contemporary forms of cultural expression, including books, television and movies.
Today, I would like to share 11 life after death movies that offer diverse perspectives on this topic. I hope that you find them as fascinating to watch as I did!
From the beginning of time, people have wondered about the mysteries of the afterlife. Our religious traditions give us glimpses of what life after death might be like, but, the big questions are still a matter of debate. To dig into this important issue, I asked the members of our community to tell us their questions about the afterlife. Their responses were fascinating!
There is a certain irony to the fact that one of the most well-known life after death quotes of all time came from a man who dedicated his career to improving the lives of people here on Earth. As it turns out, Steve Jobs was not only a technology visionary, he was also an incredibly deep person with one eye on this life and the other on the next.
For centuries, we have been fascinated by the afterlife. So, to spark your imagination, here are X of our favorite life after death quotes. These quotes come from some of the most fascinating people ever to walk the planet. From famous philosophers like Confucius to modern-day visionaries like Steve jobs, the people featured in this article will change the way that you view the afterlife and, more importantly, life on Earth…
Near-death experiences (NDEs) are often held up as evidence that the afterlife exists. As the argument goes, the experiences that people describe in their near-death experiences are too powerful and vivid to be ignored. If people are able to form memories after they are dead then surely there must be an afterlife.
Even if you are confident that life after death exists, you probably still have plenty of questions about the afterlife. So, to understand your questions better, I recently asked our community to share their questions about the afterlife. Their responses were insightful and show the spectrum of questions that we all have somewhere in our hearts.