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LIFE AFTER DEATH
Reverend Michael has invited us to share our thoughts on life after death.
Once, in a flash of insight, I realized that life somehow stands outside physics. It must have existed before the Big Bang and will continue after the Big Crunch or Great Dissipation as the case may be.
Here’s the proof. Pour layers of colored sand into a clear glass jar to form stripes on the side, as on a croquet stake. Leave some empty space and screw the lid on. Shake until the sand is mixed and the color becomes a smooth beige. Now ask yourself: How long must I shake for the stripes to return? They never will. It takes existing order to create new order – at least in conventional physics. String theory and worm holes may bring life here from very far away but no one can find its beginning or end. It has none.
Somehow you and I reflect and express the All-life. This makes us brothers and sisters with each other and cousins to moss and trees, lambs and lions, bacteria and prions. Not always friends. Life consists of harmony and discord.
The arc of history bends toward complexity and elegance. Prions and proteins at the beginning; humans today; who knows what farther on. You and I are built of systems upon systems upon systems.
At my death I will lose my separate being. That is horrible to contemplate but also wonderful. As my remaining years diminish I feel ever closer to the All-life and increasingly able to view this life with benevolent detachment. I look at young people with a touch of envy but more sweet pity. They have so much to do and so far to go till they too will find surcease.
I like to think that as I say goodbye to this life I will say a joyous hello to All-life. The door opens to the before and after. No more separation, only unification. I become you and you and you. Salvation by love.