Oh jeez, where to start? I've always been kind of a pessimist, I've thought about death even as a young child.
I was born and raised into a very religious family, and recently, for whatever reason, I've been contemplating death like no tomorrow (pun intended?)
Anyway, I get gripped with this fear of helplessness and depression when I think that death is just merely about "oblivion", and it scares me to pieces. I know I would eventually come to terms with it, or at least relax enough to the point where I can continue living life without constantly worrying, but I find it even more worrying for people like my father, an extreme introvert who sits at the computer all day who, by my definition, does not really go about "living life". I can't imagine that after he dies it would be oblivion for him- him who didn't have many joys as the average human being. It's sad.
Well, in my personal belief, I believe that after death, there is only oblivion. I have believed in rotating conscious minds between human bodies, but recently, my silly little brain has been adapting a "100% scientific proof, if there's no proof, it doesn't exist." type of notion, and I must admit, reading this site has certainly given me hope.
I've talked to my brother about my grievances with death, and he points me toward religion. However, religion is not my thing, requiring serious commitments (I adore masturbating, thank you very much) and most religions didn't really exist until about 2000-3000 years ago. My main issue with religion is actually with a history course I took a while ago. See, the thing is, back then, people couldn't explain things. Like why the sun rose every day or wind. So they made a religion for it. These days we simply classify these things as "myths", however, thousands of years ago, this is what people genuinely believed.
I adore reading about the summerlands, although I'm not 100% sure about all the rules toward it...
There are certainly supernatural things in our time, but what if we are following the course of our ancestors and merely attempting to explain things away with spiritual beliefs? I admit, having taking a biology course with an evolutionary unit, the chances of humans being created in terms of way above average is extraordinarily slim.
My main issue, I would have to say with consciousness being transferable among human bodies is this: A few thousand years ago there were only a handful of human beings on this earth. Can new consciousness just be created? Is there no supernatural being, just our souls?
I guess the thing that has me skeptical about this whole situation, is the fact that on a day that I was very nervous, and very anxious, as I was about to awaken from sleep (in a half sleep/half awake kind of phase) I heard some kind of voice telling me "When people die, they have 60 seconds to reflect upon their past choices..." along with a picture similar to a type of alarm clock.... I'm not quite sure what to make of this, but regardless, I thank you all for taking the time to read this and to help me out.