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    Why are we compelled to believe in existence after death? Is it merely pride or fear? A quest for meaning in what would otherwise be a meaningless existence?

    I would argue it's more then that. There exists a certain compulsion in people to accept a few things about the nature of the universe. Emotion, for instance, is accepted as something more valid then a chemical reaction in the same manner that we suggest art is something more then a mix of colors on a canvas.

    Is there not a je ne sais quoi or life spark?


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    This is just one entirely predictable consequence of knowing that you will die one day.

    Many people feel that it's not enough, or it's unfair, or they don't want to go, or they hate to think that their lovely infant child's few months or years of life is all there ever would be. Thinking that there's an afterlife is a consolation for unbearable grief.

    And we should always remember, for most of history and for many people in today's world, life and death are unfair. Having a belief system that makes the unfairness a little more bearable is entirely understandable.


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    It's tempting to think of faith as a crutch for coping with mortality. It doesn't mesh well with evolutionary theory, however. I don't see that humans have anything to gain by believing in an afterlife (presuming that the afterlife is a falsehood, that is).

    In an evolutionary sense, one should WANT to stay alive. Faith seems to encourage the idea that life is just Stage One (or perhaps Stage Two or Three?). I don't see why, in a purely evolutionary viewpoint, we would have created this idea for ourselves.
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