Sunday, July 31, 2011
Heaven, boy Idunno
So, what is Heaven? There is a question that deserves an answer. People strive so badly to reach this eternal paradise.
What is paradise? Depends on who you ask. Eternal happiness? Bliss? I do not know what these things are. I understand pleasure, fulfillment or satisfaction. What is eternal pleasure? What is eternal fulfillment? What is eternal satisfaction?
Pleasure is based upon the body. My senses provide pleasure and pain. Good food and sex are great. They feel good. Of course we need to ask if we have our bodies in heaven. If we do Heaven seems a lot like earth.
Fulfillment comes from the accomplishment of tasks. Harder the task, more fulfillment. In a place where everything is perfect it seems that there are no accomplishments to be had. I wonder if this is a good or bad thing.
Satisfaction is a lot like fulfillment. This is not always due to accomplishment. I can be fulfilled by a relationship or pride from a child's accomplishment or after fulfilling a basic need (nutrition, excretion, etc.). If I am hungry and I eat then I am satisfied. When I have to poop I am uncomfortable. After pooping I feel kind of satisfied.
The achievement of goals, overcoming hardships or taking care of the body are things which bring about good feelings. Without hardship, adversity or challenge we have a hard time finding anything like happiness. All that is left is the carnal pleasures. Without a body how does one achieve carnal pleasure?
Some people believe that heaven is a oneness with God. Let us consider that for a moment. God would need, by His nature, to be separate from reality. This would have to be a state outside of time. Without an ordering of events. What kind of existence is that? My only answer is that I do not know. Neither do you.
Could Heaven be? I do not know. If it does exist it is something you could not imagine. You could not desire to be this or to avoid it. There is no way to look at the Heaven concept as good or bad.
I choose to live and love for today and strive for tomorrow. Call me crazy but I think doing the best you can during the time we have is the truest expression of the Heaven we seek.
Or, perhaps we should just be kinda nice. Here on earth. Here in this world with the only minutes we can be certain we will ever have.
Isn't it enough to see that a garden is beautiful without having to believe that there are fairies at the bottom of it too?