Lena and I have been talking a lot about the afterlife recently. Is there one, what is it like, will you get to see your friends, do you have to see your family, does the cable ever go out, that sort of thing. If classical Christianity is to be believed then hell is forever burning in a lake of fire and heaven is forever singing praises to god. Leaving aside for a moment the kinds of issues a guy must be carrying around to need to have a celestial host just to sing about what an awesome guy he is twenty-four/seven, I’m thinking a hundred years of either one is going to feel pretty hellish to me.
So I started thinking what I would want heaven to be for me. As it turns out, it’s not too different from my current life. Basically just what I have now, except maybe thinner and with a self-cleaning house. But that’s just me. I’m guessing most anyone you ask would have a slightly different opinion. (See where this is going?)
Now let’s say right off the bat, for the purposes of our hypothetical argument that there is an afterlife. (If your answer is “I don’t believe in heaven so this question doesn’t apply to me.” go ahead and say so if it makes you feel better, but I’m really looking for people who want to exercise their imaginations a bit more.) Let’s also say that you get to define what that afterlife consists of. What is it? What would make heaven, heaven for you?