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    Might as well go for the trifecta.

    Whether you become a ghost, reincarnated or have a eternal soul, what purpose does afterlife serve? People argue incessantly about the purpose of life without forming a consensus, yet afterlife hardly receives the same treatment. As far as I can gather the purpose of afterlife is to live on forever. Is that all there is to it?


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    Well, I for one plan to become a ghost and haunt all those buggers who done me wrong in real life.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Bunbury View Post
    Well, I for one plan to become a ghost and haunt all those buggers who done me wrong in real life.
    Will you be taking some clothes with you? I only ask because I've never heard of a naked ghost. If clothes somehow end up on the other side then they must have something in common with your soul or whatever it is that's considered afterlife that one takes with them.

    I think revenge is a great purpose for afterlife. There should be more of that.
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    I want to become a demon and punish all men who pretend to be good to me.
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    If the purpose of afterlife includes the part where you live on forever then does that make death more meaningful than life?
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    Which answer do you want? There are whole libraries in every civilized culture dedicated to the purpose of both questions. However, in general, the purpose of the afterlife is to be eternally happy and all-knowing. The Christian view means becoming one with God, or seeing God, which means instantly knowing everything and having all true desire completely fulfilled beyond all limitation. The purpose belongs to God, in the sense that God made it His purpose to create companions/children/friends, etc. It is the ultimate experience, in the true Thomistic sense, and thus cannot be perfectly described as a goal with limited results. It is thus largely a mystery, part of the reason being, for lack of a better term, that it is supposed to be a surprise. The eastern Buddhist view means gaining knowledge of the ultimate abstraction, which first takes the form of the realization of the ultimate illusory nature of absolutely every thing and idea, and then entering into a state of being beyond the whole knowable illusion of limitation and contraries. In short, Nirvana. Hindu Nirvana has elements of both, in that they classify the state beyond limitation as oneness with the ultimate Being.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JoeRand View Post
    Which answer do you want? There are whole libraries in every civilized culture dedicated to the purpose of both questions. However, in general, the purpose of the afterlife is to be eternally happy and all-knowing..
    Or eternal damnation.

    But I guess it's served to provoke people, in a carrot and stick sort of way, into a false sense of morals over past couple thousand years.
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    To be fair, my friend, Augustine would probably just call that "death." I believe zinjanthropos wanted to know about different views on the purpose of eternal life (the best possible outcome), but maybe I misunderstood.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JoeRand View Post
    To be fair, my friend, Augustine would probably just call that "death." I believe zinjanthropos wanted to know about different views on the purpose of eternal life (the best possible outcome), but maybe I misunderstood.
    I think that the best possible outcome would include eternal damnation. I'm having a bit of trouble knowing that I will be happy in an eternal life as long as the bad guys are eternally damned, suffering, or not happy.
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    The soul is a complete fabrication.
    With bravery and recognition that we are harbingers of our destiny and with a paragon of virtue.
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    Living forever is a total misery!!! but dying is not the solution either... because i believe in re birth!!
    so if we want happiness this life cycle should end completely!!!!!!
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    Isn't that a bit like asking what the purpose of unicorns (invisible and pink, or otherwise) is?
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