Afterlife after life?

Reincarnation, Dante’s inferno, an old guy with long beard, called God, pure blackness, a final verdict. So many options, yet no 100% sure idea about what happens when we get unplugged. Can this uncertainty cause sociological problems?

Imola Bégányi


One could say that this title itself is controversial because no one can be sure about whether there are other dimensions of existence besides the one we name life or not. Although, it is rather positive that each of us has an own theory about it based on science, religion or other forms of tangible or spiritual explanations because these two are the only frames we can use to describe our idea about death.

In my opinion the unanswerable question of life after death strongly represents a private trap from a sociological point of view (if not a potential psychological one). In drawing this quick conclusion the final topic of the documentary Human vol.2 played the main role: afterlife. The doubts created by death, the ones I also face myself everyday are perfectly formulated by an interviewed woman: fearing the irrelevance of life emerging from the lack of mark or the small size of it that we leave behind us. Whether life has point at all? Why are we here? What’s the meaning of it, does it makes sense, why am I doing what I’m doing?  No prayers, no machines or formulas, no humanly known means are or have ever been handy in answering this question. Although, there were and are a range of strong-minded attempts in declaring a conviction about this eternal debate of humanity (like written tales such as the Bible or scientific speculations about that 21 gram).

I don’t want to generate an argument about the validity of faith, but all beliefs are focusing on an ‘everybody gets what he/she deserves’ angle about death. This is the tendency of our nature, to strongly hope for a second chance because we are perfectly aware that we’ve messed up lots of things in our life. This second chance can be reincarnating as a fluffy squirrel ending up in a predators stomach, and then bang, the punishment for our previous sins is done or it can be landing in the purgatory, being forgiven by God, Allah or some tribal spirits. No one wants to hear that our soul will end up floating in the blackness for an eternity. Neither we wan’t to be discouraged by ending up in hell without the chance for mercy. Just as at the end of a movie, we want to know deep down what happens after, don’t we? Nobody likes endings and I think the reason for it is our endless and unmeasurable capacity to think and feel. The scariest thing is to discover that once our consciousness will disappear.

The best to do is not to think about death because it is the only thing we can’t influence. Every other aspect depends on our decisions. Humans have managed to conquer the space, to create, love, share, discover. Bypassing this potential trap about the meaning of life can be done just as it is explained in sociology: to connect with others and belong, to engage, experience and most of all being busy, whether with a hobby, work, family or anything else.

Look at it as a one chance. Because how can you know this isn’t your only life or the last chance for afterlife already?


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