He guards the gates in Heaven, he’s buried under the Vatican…..hmmmm
If you do NOT believe in the afterlife, what would motivate you to behave well? How can you be rewarded?
We can look at this 2 ways:
#1. – You do not believe in an afterlife, one in Heaven or otherwise – when you die, you die. Simple as that. But we know, because we’ve seen loved ones pass away – that your “legacy” survives you. This can be money, but more importantly is the preservation of your bloodline.
It insures that the correct history of the family’s ancestry is maintained, in genetic accuracy – this is your reward. Your blood lives on, as it takes other forms, joining that of your future generation(s) partners, and their families.
Your lineage is your afterlife, and you may not have known it was your past life as well.
#2. – There is no afterlife, no Heaven to be rewarded in, or Hell to receive punishment for your sins. Simplify these conceptual places even more and you could say “heaven” is what is good and joyful in life, and “hell” is what is bad and causes pain and suffering in life. They are not places, they are states of being, in existence.
We are rewarded with the happiness we feel during the good times. However, they cannot exist without an equally opposing relationship to their co-partner. This is peace, balance, serenity, harmony…….enlightenment.
The life existing when we no longer do, is the future. It is what they (the future generations), will know as the present. But it will not be a gift. The rewards afforded to them are being spent rapidly now, in the present.
We cannot fail to fill our end of the bargain and give some back, and stop the destruction of the planet – we cannot reap the rewards for the future, in the present. Because to do so almost guarantees that there will be no future, somewhere along the way humanity suffers to its demise and the destruction of the planet and POOF! In a flash whatever we thought we knew, as we are, gone.
General apathy rules over most all non-believers, but can you truly say that you do NOT care AT ALL about WHATEVER may happen after you cease to exist on Earth?
What we can do today:
Embrace and support companies and organizations that follow the global initiative towards the preservation of the planet and all held within our atmosphere.
Companies are going “GREEN” more and more everyday and in different ways. Schools, clubs, organizations and small groups are coming together to make a difference, and a difference is being made.
We learned this decades ago: Reduce, Re-Use, Recycle.
We’ve done well, but not well enough, improvement is a necessity! We can no longer rest assured knowing the sun will rise, as always, everyday.
This is the time to take nothing for granted – to acknowledge the Universe, which gives us; land to walk and rest upon, water to swim and drink, air to breathe, the warming rays of the sun, the gentle gusts of wind lifting the birds in flight, the sounds of nature, the smell of fresh, clean air, forests of shelter, the plants, fruits, vegetables and animals we use to sustain and nourish us. These are all gifts to us from the Universe, mostly from our home planet, Earth.
Knowing how to make efficient use of these gifts, with the help of technology, may help to slow the damage we create, perhaps reverse it, or maybe find a new, better way that doesn’t cause damage.
What we take from the Earth, from each other, we must give back in some way. In a positive and healthy way, one that enriches the mind, body and spirit of the entire species.
“In conclusion, while it is uncertain that 2012 AD will mark the reset of the long count cycle, it is most certainly the beginning of the 13th bak’tun. The ancient Maya would have considered it a time of great change. If every bak’tun was a time of great change, then the 13th turn must have held special significance, perhaps the beginning of a new era in world history. Time will tell.”