Two Old Codgers

How the World strikes us

I suppose everyone wonders, at some time or other, “What happens when I die?”
The nice thought is “If Iam good I will go to heaven”. For me this throws up several problems. Firstly will all the ‘good’ people I knew be there to greet me, if so will they have grown with me.

PROBLEM ! My grandfather will be something like two hundred and fifty years old and if he didn’t grow with me he will be younger than I am.
Grandad 1

Also, modern”
Homo sapiens (that is, people who were roughly like we are now) first walked the Earth about 50,000 years ago. Since then, more than 108 billion members of our species have been born. Let’s be pessimistic and assume that only half of then were ‘good’ - that means heaven must be fairly large to hold so many. Earth has a current population of about seven and a half billion, heaven will have at least fifty-four billion. I hope you will be able to find me when you get there (You are ‘good’ aren’t you?)

My other concerns are all the rest of God’s creatures. We might not like wasps but from his perspective they are probably ‘good’. So, are all the dead wasps, slugs, ants, Scottish midges and bluebottles all crowded into heaven?

But let’s be serious, Buddhists believe the ultimate aim is to reach Nirvana which I have heard described as ‘No thing”.

In simple terms Islam seems to say that those who have performed
more good deeds than bad will enter Jannah a place described as a 'garden of everlasting bliss' and a 'home of peace'.
In Jannah there will be no sickness, pain or sadness.

All very confusing. I could burble on and on but I will leave you with this.

405 lines
In the 1940s there was a popular television programme called ‘The Brains Trust’. (It was 405 Line television and the screen size was probably about 12 inches) The panel consisted of Robert Boothby. Professor Joad, Dr. Bronowski with Gilbert Harding as the question master.
Brains Trust
I remember one question about life after death. The answer I remember was from Professor Joad. Memory being what its is, I shall have to paraphrase what he said.

“All was very peaceful before I was born, if it is no worse than that after I am dead, that will suit me”

I think that probably sums up what I believe and in a strange way it marries up with Heaven, Paradise, Nirvana, Jannah, ‘No-thing’. Just think - no fears, no illness, no regrets, no bitterness, no anger, no hatred. No wondering and worrying - just peace. I am almost looking forward to it.


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