Walt's World with Walter Jones
We are born and then we die. Some have said we start to die the minute we are born.
Who is concerned about dying? Well as strange as it may seem studies show that young children worry about dying.
Then, of course, we hit puberty and think we are bulletproof. We pretty much go through life with that belief. Other people will die but not us. Of course, unless me die suddenly with no warning, we begin to wonder about death, and our own death in particular.
Since I have long passed my three score and 10, I felt that it was time to face the fact that I am going to die, and probably in the near future.
I was brought up in a Christian household and attended church in my younger, formative years, but I just couldn't wrap my mind around the thought of an omnipotent being who made a heaven and earth and now looks over us and guides us.
Frankly anything that made this mess of the earth we live in, and as it says in the Bible, pronounced it good, had to be an idiot So I have no expectations of going to the Christian heaven, but by the same token I reject the belief of hell as well.
Now a lot of people who reject these concepts will tell you that when we die our brains stop functioning and we cease to exist. Nothing, just non-existence.
Well I find that bleak comfort as well. So I choose not to believe that as well. I cannot believe that we only exist in our minds, and then, only as long as our nerves have electrical impulses going on. There is a theory that we have a lifeforce, a life essence within us, a live spirit or if you wish a soul.
I do believe that we have a life spirit that is contained within our body, but that is not of our body, and that when our body dies it is released.
Someone once wrote, and I can't remember who, that death was the ultimate adventure. I would like to believe that. So now to have some fun I will speculate what will happen when I die.
My spirit will be released and if I am to believe the reports of people who clinically died, I will see a light and travel there to be reunited with my relatives and loved ones. This sounds good as far as it goes, but I am a curious person and I feel that after a while I would want to find out what my relatives, and loved ones, who are alive, are doing and perhaps try to whisper in their ear and guide them.
There is also some evidence that this is possible, if you believe in mediums. I know there are charlatan's out there who profess to be able to contact and speak to the spirit world, but I have seen some performances by mediums who are able to tell people about things that they should not know.
It is possible that maybe a very small percentage of people's brains are wired different and they do see and communicate with spirits or at least can communicate on some level. To take this further, if we can indeed exist for eternity as a spirit, what will we do to amuse ourselves, surely after centuries, all the people who we were ever in contact with will have died as well, and so will their children's children, so that our interest in our families should now be satisfied. So what to do! What to do!
Since we are spirits perhaps we can travel in time as well as space, so maybe we could go back and forth in time. See the great artists in person and watch their performance, or listen to great philosophers. We should also be able to travel in space and possibly find new civilizations. It seems to me that I can believe all this and maybe make my death experience better, so I will. There is also a belief by some people, that we come back in reincarnation and live life again as a corporal being, but without our previous memories. This holds little appeal for me, I have no wish to go through another life, making the same old mistakes and hurting the same people, even though some of my experiences were fantastic, I don't want to repeat them. Perhaps after reading this someone who is about to die will get a different viewpoint and be able to face their end in a better and more positive way.
Walt's World appears periodically in the Amherst News.