Death then…

Brylee Huber, Editor

   Death is a terrifying and miserable idea to most people, but, to me, it will be the greatest adventure one will have.

   No matter if one is religious, no one can deny the intense mystery of what lies beyond. Ancient worlds are documented, islands are charted, and the highest mountains are climbed. We are simply observers of others’ discoveries.

   That intense lack of knowing, desire for adventure is what makes death such a non-negative experience to me.

   I also believe in what I have named the “Doorway of Death.” Life ending is not an end or a beginning; to me, it’s just a way of changing existence. Let me draw an image of what this means.

   Imagine a white box framed in black. Now, picture a blue line that starts a little away from the left side of frame and ends in the middle. This line is life.

   Next, picture a red line that starts in the middle where life ends and goes until the back frame on the right side. This is the “afterlife.”

   Finally, picture a small black line that separates the red and blue lines. This is death.

   Trying to picture the afterlife and death as one entity is inaccurate in my opinion. Death is simply the act of transitioning from one plane to another.

   Your next question may be what is in the afterlife? The answer from me, an agnostic, is that we are not meant to know. If we knew what was coming, we would either dread it and live a terrible life or hope for it and end our life early.

   It’s the mystery and adventure that leaves us in this balanced state of wanting to live a good life before we move on.

   One idea that I have considered is that we will all end up where we think we belong. If a Christian believes he deserves to be in Hell or Heaven, that’s where he will end up. If a Pagan truly believes he deserves Valhalla, he will end up there.

   My beliefs may not be able to be proven or fact-checked, but neither can anyone else’s. That’s what makes life worth living.