This piece won’t require you to believe in heaven/nirvana/paradise/Valhalla or whatever your concept of an ‘afterlife’ may be (if you have one), merely to consider the concept.
A common thread in many religions is that ‘Heaven’ is a place where you will be free of worry and earthly concerns. No need will be left unmet and you will be fully satisfied and able to spend all your time ‘rejoicing’. (A lot make the promise of some kind of elixir or ‘wonder drink’ that you can sup – not K Cider presumably?)
I’ve done a bit of research online and apparently we spend on average 2 hours 15 minutes a day worrying. (Health, bills, job,children etc). So what we would do with that extra time?
I’m going to make an assumption and say that many people complain or feel that they don’t get enough sleep and therefore would use the extra time gained by not having to worry to have an extra 40 winks. We dream while we sleep so what would we dream about if we are totally happy and fulfilled when awake? Certainly not growing a prize turnip or winning the Grand Slam (Is Serena Williams in heaven today I wonder?)
You are surrounded by your friends, family and loved ones in Heaven. – Really? For Eternity? – Good grief. Don’t get me wrong, I like and and love them but eternity (I’ve been led to believe) is a bloody long time!
‘Go to Heaven for the climate, Hell for the company.’ – Mark Twain
No-one lives the perfect life and we often make the wrong choices or do the wrong things and are therefore ‘punished’ for the consequences. But surely these adversities are what make us appreciate the good times and an existence without some trials and tribulations would become very tedious…
I could go on all day about this subject and never exhaust it but I must admit, ironically these questions do keep me awake at night sometimes.
Anyone got any thoughts on the subject or do you need to sleep on it? 😉