First, a quick fan-boy note: If you’re not Jessica, then you still have to find more beauty .
I’m writing this because what-happens-when-we-die is my main philosophy … my principal thought … my thought-out principle … … … My Heaven-and-Hell.
This thought came up because of an editorial in an independant-weekly/’ed-juh-muh-cay-tid snot-rag’ entitled VOX Magazine. (That link is the editor’s email, since they’re not-yet successful enough to warrant a webpage.)
I haven’t even red the whole editorial yet, but a few of the things the editor said started me thinking.
It seems that some of the articles this week are on death/dying, what with the pope having passed-away. Editor Beard brought up the question, “Where do we go when we die?” He said that the Muslims have their gaggles (gagli?) of virgins, the non-denominational Christians have Heaven, the Buddhists have this world again in the type of lifeform they earned in past-lives, and the Catholics have Purgatory.
That stopped me for a second because–as a born-/raised-Catholic–I don’t recall too much being said about the afterlife in any place. But thinking about it, I remember that we all decide to die before we really start living.
And not just the way I died (by accident). No, nothing that physical. But rather we each decided that we would rather die than ‘sin’ ever again.
And I said “sin” as I did because I don’t mean the typical definition of sin: to do something against ‘the Bible’s’ moral code. But rather I mean ‘to do something against Humanity’s moral code.’
And Humanity’s moral code has a history-clause: If you can’t remember something you did in the past, and no one saw/can-prove that you did it, then you didn’t do anything … that way, you can’t regret it.
If anyone remembers that you did it (and can prove it), you’ll still get punished for it; but there’s nothing you can do about it now except remember to tell your children not to do it. (Kids, that’s why “because I said so” is something your parents say when you ask them why they won’t let you do some things-because something too horrible to remember might happen to you if you do!)
Thus, all Catholics alive have died to sinful life. Oh, they do still sin, I’m sure … but never without wiping themselves clean through ‘redemption.’ (And that redemption isn’t exactly ‘just believing in the name of the sacrifice,’ but rather it’s earning the name of the sacrifice.)
That, and they do their best to improve any situations they affect–of course making sure that the situations of their families reach the surest optimum, but trying to eliminate all the negativity.
But we are in Purgatory until the last pure Catholic ‘gives up the ghost,’ or until Humanity reaches Heaven … that’s an interpretation of Jon Will’s UTOPIAN PHILOSOPHY.