All the major religions in the world believe in heaven and hell. Some heavens get you eternal bliss, some get you Nirvana and some others get you 72 virgins bathing in rivers of milk and honey. Off-course, Christianity doesn’t tells you what eternal bliss is, I mean does it feels like something we feel when we are high on LSD and that too for eternity. I would like that!
Hindus and Buddhist Nirvana is nothing but an end to the cycle of birth and rebirth. Soul that had been longing since it was born goes on to become the part of God (Brahman). I like that Islam is too much filled with details, they don’t only tell you that you will get virgins but it also details the size of their teats and color of their skin. It’s pearly white.
First of all, any rational person can understand that the concept of heaven is just wishful thinking. Freud demonstrates in his research about dreams that the images we see and sounds we hear in our dreams are nothing but distorted forms of our wishes. Now, we know that the world we live in is a pretty fucked up place. People die at young age with accidents, cancer and hunger. Many people have the bad luck to have been born in wrong places at the wrong times. Think about the Jews who were born during holocaust, think about the others who are born today in a strong Israel. Think about the children born in Africa, than think about the children born in America. One is destined to die before he reaches the age of ten (or if he lives, his life might be just a painful journey of continuous struggles) and the other will grow healthy with the best medical facilities and nutrition at his disposal. The toughest pain to bear for any human being is to suffer the pain of separation from his loved ones. A mother who has lost her daughter would give anything to meet her again. Some people at this juncture will withdraw to drugs and depression; some others will believe that some God has created a heaven where they will be able to meet their dead family members and friends. It can be thus understood that the concept of heaven is nothing but a defensive system of our brain to help us survive through the periods of pain.
It gets more interesting when we talk about the concept of heaven in Islam. There are rivers of milk and honey, all wishes are immediately fulfilled and you get to recline on couches glittered with Gold. Now, who but a community of extremely poor people would think about having those riches in heaven? Who could be the people that will think about honey and milk as food of the affluent? Nobody, but the people living in a desert where even water is scarce and considered precious?
That’s early Muslim history for you. Why should gold hold any value in the heavens? It has value on earth because it is rare and it glitters. But Allah can just make air to glitter in the heavens then why does he think so local (earthly).
It’s simple, “Allah is created by men and Heaven is created by men’s wishful thinking. Therefore the characteristics of heavens are so earth like. ”
Anyways, for the sake of argument, let’s say that Heaven is real. Still I won’t like to go there as much. It would be boring. Why do we feel happy in our lives? It is because there is pain in our lives. If there was no pain, no sick state of health, no poverty, and no fear of losing your loved ones, why would we ever feel worried and sad? So whatever state we would be in would be just a normal state of mind. If there is no sadness then there can never be any happiness.
There would be no challenges in the heavens, no hostile situations to fight against, no foes, and no goals, just nothing. But this is what we do in our real life. I am writing this essay because I feel that religion is a bad thing for our human civilization. I feel challenged and therefore I spend so much time writing about it. This makes me happy. This makes me keep going.
What Poetry will you read in heaven? Gibran, Rumi, Shelly? But you just have to wish and Allah will give you the best poem ever to read. Weird enough, what if I want to read another of the best poems? What will Allah do now?
Friends, this life is interesting and we want to live it because we want an extra day to love our friends who might just separate from us in a sudden blow of fate. We want to live this life because we believe that Kashmir or Palestine should become free and we want to see that day and we want to fight for that day. We want to live because we so much love that cute smile of our lovely daughters and sons. We want to see them laughing. We want to live for various reasons. We want to live for our goals. But if we die, we want to live again. That’s where the Bullshit part starts.
(Concept of hell will be discussed in the next article)
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