and as he comes, so he departs."
Coming into the world "buck-ass naked", we leave it the same way. As far as worldly possessions are concerned, "We’re sorry, you can’t bring them with you."
Could there be something we do take with us– a recollection of our human experience, perhaps?
A cosmic karmic scorecard, or a shade embodying our emotional energy? Dare we risk the scorn of the empiricists to say it–a soul?
Relying only on physical senses and logical reasoning, we face a dilemma. We can’t know the truth about the "afterlife," until we’re dead, and we have no incontrovertible proof of anyone communicating to us from "the other side." The possibility of continued existence in the hereafter remains today a matter of scholarly dispute for some and personal faith for others, rather than an indisputable fact of human existence.
"For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known." --Corinthians 13:12
Of what relevance to today’s intellectual can any of this possibly be? Possibly none. What’s the point of endlessly contemplating infinity where there is much to be done in the here and now?
So I commended enjoyment, because there is nothing better for man under the sun except to eat, drink, and enjoy himself. –Ecclesiastes 8:15
Yet if we can aid in someone’s transition, it’s only right that we should do so. An older friend of mine, whose wife died a couple of years ago, told me he was greatly comforted by Don Piper’s book 90 Minutes in Heaven. Herewith my own contribution:
It started as a pleasant enough outing in fall of 1994. A bunch of friends made arrangements to watch the annual offshore powerboat races from a sailboat in Key West harbor.
In the meantime, I was still alone in the side room.