Ben Franklin's epitaph, written in 1728

"The body of B. Franklin Printer (Like the Cover of an Old Book, It's Contents torn out And stript of its Lettering & Gilding) Lies here, food for Worms. But the work shall not be lost: For it will, (as he believ'd) appear once more, In a new and more elegant Edition Revised and corrected, By the Author."


The analogy is good; a book is not the cloth and cardboard of the cover, nor the paper and ink of the interior: a book is the spirit of the thoughts inside. And just as a book can be re-issued in a revised edition--with new cover, paper and ink, or on the internet--so perhaps can a person. And what makes us think that what we experience now is our First Edition? Maybe it's a second or fourth or...?

            Chinese Buddhist scripture

"Man never dies. The soul inhabits the body for a time, and leaves it again. The soul is myself: the body is only my dwelling place. Birth is not birth: there is a soul already existent when the body comes to it.Death is not death: the soul merely departs, and the body falls. It's because men see only their bodies that they love life and hate death."

Mark Twain:  "I'd go to heaven for climate,  and hell for conversation."


I have some good news and bad news. The bad news: there's no exclusive heaven.
The concept of rejection was made up by religions to manipulate us.
The good news:  there's no fiery hell.  It was a hoax too-- same reason.


            James Thurber   THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY   1939

"We only live once," said Mitty,  with his faint, fleeting smile.  "or do we?"


            Raymond Moody   LIFE AFTER LIFE   1975

"Near death experiences represent a novel phenomenon for which we have to devise new modes of explanation and interpretation. If near-death experiences are real, they have very profound implications for our lives; we can't fully understand this life until we catch a glimpse of what lies beyond."


            JAMA  (Journal of the American Medical Association)   July, 1979

"Some unconscious, near-death patients remember conversations held in adjoining rooms, or other events occurring outside the range of their sense organs. We find no clear medical or scientific explanation for these experiences."


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