You all "completely did not exist" before you were born and it obviously wasn't a big deal.
^ I hope we're not going to play "who has the Existentialism bone."
Sorry for my words but even in GERMANY which is far more racist than the UK you can find both friends and a girl friend and you can fight back racism against you too.We are all prone to racism even white people themselves can encounter racism ,they are don't have the ultimate immunity against it, for example if you are a white man in Japan or China you will be treated like a nigger deep black person.
I'm afraid that the problem is with you brother.
Sorry for my words.
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The reason I asked this question is because I asked my grandmother, who is 78 years old a week and a half ago, this same question. A woman who has outlived one of her children (she has 8), outlived her siblings and 3 of her grandbabies. I remember asking her this question 12 years ago and she answered "Yes." She said she fears the unknown but at the same time she has faith that she will be taken care of in the end both here and in the afterlife. I asked her again this same question just a few days ago and her answer changed. She said she doesn't fear death and that she is sort of at peace now with the fact that she WILL one day be gone and all that will be left of her is the children and grandbabies she has left behind. And I thouht to myself "What changed in her?" At what point in our lives do we become at peace or comfortable with the fact that we will no longer exist? Because death to me is terrifying! I think about what it will feel like to just "snap" out of our bodies or is it just like being "put under?" I think about where I'm gonna go if anywhere and that obviously leads to the next thought of did I make a difference in this world?
I myself am not an atheist and I do believe in the human spirit for my own personal reasons but have always been at conflict with the concept of a Christian's version of the afterlife only because there are too many contradictions. It has never "felt" right to me. But none of that stops me from having a conscience about the way I treat people, not because I'm afraid I'll be "judged in the afterlife", but because I wouldn't want bad things done to me, so why do bad things to others that haven't wronged me in the first place. I (general) treat people how people treat me, but I treat children how I would want to be treated. I always try to make a good first impression by passing strangers with a smile and if they do not smile back, I brush it off with no hard feelings and move on. I think about my loved ones more then I think about myself and I usually give more then I receive.
The "thing" with all of these beliefs that I feel are right or wrong to do in this life, none of it matters to death because in the end, we all "suffer" the same fate. I do not believe that death justifies wrongful doings and "it" doesn't care what you look like or how you've lived. It comes for you regardless. So if all of these things regarding death equal no judgment, that death can come for you at it's own will, why should the afterlife be too much different then why or how you've died in the first place? Or am I wrong and there will be a seperation between the good and the bad? As much as it sounds like a fairytale, I'd like to believe my good deeds are being recognised, if not by a "higher power" then by atleast those I've made a difference to here in this life.
My thoughts on life and death.
In Christianity,Christina, it doesn't matter how many good deeds and favors you have done in your life for yourself or other people if you don't believe and accept that a person named Jesus had died for your sins .That means that no matter how good was a Jew or a Hindu person or how many good deeds they have done,even if they served the whole human existence with their good,cause in the end they will be thrown to a lake of fire cause they didn't believe or even didn't hear the news that Jesus was alive.A devastating concept,isn't it?.You are right when you said that the christian concept of the after life is full of contradictions and doesn't work.
I'm not really afraid of the dying as a natural part of life. I'm not sure if I entirely believe in an 'afterlife' as such - or rather, my opinion is much the same as that of God: I think there probably is something to which the word can be applied, but it's not really within our realm of understanding and hence I don't bother thinking about it too much. We'll all find out one day - or not, if we just 'turn off'. That, to me, is more of a concern. I'm not scared of it, I'm more sickened and disgusted by the thought that everything we do and all we amount to be is ultimately, in time, doomed to become nothing, unless you manage to do something with some real lasting impact. Even then, it all comes to naught when the universe itself comes to an end. Dying is a worry to be because of all the things it would stop me doing - to quote: "I don't have time to die, I'm too busy!"
My avatar looks like a mix of NIN, My Chemical Romance, and Chris Vrenna