What’s your idea of heaven? For those nonbelievers, this is a hypothetical question (obviously), so what would this idea consist of? I’ll start. For me, my idea of heaven would be complete solitude. No one but myself. I would explore nature, own a ranch with several horses, tinker with gadgets and expand my mind with no one to bother me. Honestly, if there are people in heaven and I have no choice but to be around them, then I don’t want to go. 😜
What is your idea of heaven?
Honestly, I've always had a soft spot for Albert Brooks' Defending Your Life. Go live a gluttonous rom-com for six days with whatever manic pixie dream other you prefer while litigating key moments from your life and if you don't pass, just go back and live another human life, if you do, on to whatever weird thing is next which is apparently working as staff for afterlife theme parks except permanently as your prime self? Ah, fine!
@sweep: I think my idea might be a little more extreme than others. I’m talking ETERNAL solitude 😉 This might sound messed up but I have days where I honestly believe that if I could escape from my family and friends for as long as I wanted and never said a word to them, I would do it in a heart beat.
No need to sleep.
I have a hard time going to sleep. No matter what I eat, what routine I follow at night, what I do during the day, or how limited my caffeine and sugar intake is, my sleep is very uneven. One night I'll sleep for a good 8 hours, the next I can follow the exact same routine, diet, and preparations for sleep and get only a few broken hours. My dream superpower is either no need to sleep or the ability to consistently, reliably, without fail go to sleep on time, every time, and only need at most 4 hours of the stuff. I suppose a heaven where I get that would be just the same. That and being able to eat whatever I want to, without having cook it, and with no ill health effects (i.e. fresh warm cookies and coffee without gaining weight). Just snap my fingers and bam, amazing meal, right there.
A paradise for everyone and all. A place where any needs had are met, including the needs we deem imperfect. Without unwanted consequence. Maybe there are no more needs in heaven. It's the perfect state of being, one that anyone would do anything for to achieve.
If you place all the things you desire in a line from what you desire a little to what you desire most and imagine the effort you would put in to obtain it, this would be bigger than all else in the world. A glimmer of hope of achieving this state, of realising what it entails, would absorb you. It would be your everything. The only thing stopping you right now is doubt that it's in reach. And a lack of understanding of what it would be like.
Whenever we talk about free will or our hopes and dreams, it's about getting a little closer to that state of being. Life is about moving there, in that direction. Much like seeds growing into trees, you are made to find a way there. In that sense, all that is life is ultimately on the same team with the same goal in mind.
The only thing in life we cannot have enough of, is betterment. And if life gets enough time and chances, I think life will find a way to be ever closer to a state of heaven. Which doesn't mean that heaven doesn't already exist. It very well could. Even scientifically speaking, if you believe in theories like many worlds theory or alternate dimensions in general.
This doesn't answer your question directly. What I would want to be able to do in heaven is to be able to view all of both history and the future in total detail.
Be able to view any moment from all time like a film. What will happen in 1000 years time? 1 million years? What events from history that we think we know well were actually totally different, stuff like that.
I always imagine it would be a bit like this. Floating around, heavenly haze, heavenly noises. Not necessarily the most fun or enjoyable activity you could imagine, but just being in a carefree floaty place. No need for walks, no need for food, no need for material things. I don't think we'd be able to watch what's going on on earth though. There's too much bad stuff happening down there. It would distract us from this enjoyable place that we've done a ton of shit for to get towards.
Am I an absolute child if the first thought I had was to respond with 'you're mom'?
The actual answer is a feeling more than a practical reality. The happiest I've been is when I'm content and satisfied with life and the moment just how it is. If I could have that for eternity that would be pretty great.
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