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We all know what it means to die. Your heart stops beating, blood no longer flows in your veins, and brain activity ceases. But what then? What happens after we die—what happens after life? The search for an answer to these questions has gone on for as long as people have known they were alive. Over the millennia, various conclusions have been reached. Some claim there is no afterlife while many posit that a person’s eternal fate is dictated by their actions on earth. Continue the search here.
Right after the heart stops the lack of oxygen in the blood shuts the brain down and the cells of the human body begin to change. The blood stops circulating within 20 to 40 seconds of clinical death, all measurable brain activity stops. But that only describes the doors swinging shut. What comes next is perhaps life’s most enduring mystery. The Greeks believe the afterlife to be a place of neutrality filled with neither sorrow nor happiness, just an empty void where souls journey after their physical bodies have expired. Ancient Mesopotamians believed the afterlife for everyone was a dark and hopeless netherworld where the dead eat dirt and play far cry from visions of harps and wings. The ancient Egyptians saw the afterlife as a place where bad people were swallowed by a crocodile like creature called the devourer of souls and the good people were laid to happy fields. Pharaohs built themselves lavish homes filled of treasures to comfort themselves in the next life, though as far as we can tell it has stayed here with us. Fifteenth century painter, Hieronymus Bosch, depicted the heavenly round as a Dr. Seuss like garden where unicorns and dragons drank side-by-side. The obsession with the afterlife continues now even in an age of Facebook and iPads. Their ideas of what happens after we die are no less varied; contemporary Wiccans believe in alien from Venus watches over heaven as it floats five miles above the Gobi Desert. Existentialists believe nothing comes after death. The door swings shut and we simply cease to be, creating what is known as the existential dilemma. Christians regard Heaven as a perfect utopia for those who believe Jesus died for their sins will live forever with God while Hell is eternal separation from God and all that is good. The search for an afterlife seems embedded deep within the human heart, transcending all civilizations, generations, and geography. Perhaps this inconsolable longing is itself evidence of heaven as the true home of humanity.