Is there life after death? One reference in the Judea-Christian world comes from the book of Daniel:

“Many of those that sleep in the dust of the earth will awake, some to eternal life, other to reproaches, to everlasting abhorrence.”  Daniel 12:2

Other philosophies talk about reincarnation, which is believed to occur when, after the death of the body, the soul or spirit comes back to life in a newborn body. It’s a central tenet within the majority of Indian religious traditions (Hinduism, Sikhism; Buddhism) The idea was also fundamental to some Greek philosophers and their religions as well as other world religions, such as Druidism. It is also found in many small-scale societies around the world, in places such as Siberia, West Africa, North America, and Australia.

So, this idea of something after death and our impulse to put beliefs and rituals in place around it has been a part of being human for a long, long time.

Do you believe in any of these concepts? Does it even occur to you to think about it? And what does the instinct tell us about our fight or flight responses? Is one more wired into us than the other?

Something else:
Three Viewings opens Friday night at Illusion and is set in a funeral home at three different services. When you see the play, you’ll see it is essentially about love—another one of those primal human emotions or states of being. Three Viewings is very funny and touching and filled with observations that we can all connect with.  I think it is wonderfully clever of the playwright, Jeff Hatcher, to use the funeral home as the venue for three stories about different kinds of love.  It got me thinking about how stories and memories and moments of love happen in the oddest places. Please come check out the play and let me know what you think not only about the play, but also about the connections it makes and about what it says about the question: Is there life after death?

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