Posted by SLS on June 9, 2012, at 6:29:07
In reply to Re: One more..., posted by sigismund on June 9, 2012, at 2:06:01
> I shouldn't start on funerals. My general position is roll me up against a tree and burn me. But I went to one once in which the preacher more or less demanded of the bereaved that they take comfort from the promise, vouchsafed by the sacrifice of our Lord Jesus Christ, of a reuniting with the deceased in eternity. Now he probably got paid for that and good for him, but it shows they never stop. There is simply no space for the sadness.
If there were no organized belief in a hereafter in paradise, how would that affect the suicide rate?
How about if there were no guarantee of eternal damnation for committing suicide?
Personally, I do not believe in a hereafter of any sort. To a large degree, this has prevented me from killing myself. I do, however, believe in God - just not one fashioned in the Judeo-Christian (Abrahamism) conceptualization. My spiritualism has also played a large role in my choosing life over death.
I don't know about the sadness thing. I like to think that I am a hybrid of a realist and an optimist. There is much room for sadness in this. Sadness helped me process the death of my father. It also helps me process my lifetime of suffering.
Some see things as they are and ask why.
I dream of things that never were and ask why not.
- George Bernard Shaw