Dealing with Death

Does death mean “no more?”  Does it mean that our thought process ends with our being brain dead?  Or is death the beginning of something altogether foreign and new to us?

Of course, nobody knows the answer to these questions, but scientists do discuss the law of conservation of energy and mass as a known.  Following this law, energy and matter can neither be created nor destroyed in our recycling universe, but may be transformed.  Does this mean that your thinking cannot die?  If your brain is no longer functional, your thinking may evolve into a new form.  Since awareness could be converted to something else, thoughts still may exist outside our bodies after death.  Unfortunately, it is not likely that your thinking will ever stop.

The best thing that could possibly happen is for us to die and stop thinking.  Death, then, would be the end to consciousness.  We could welcome death if this were the case.  There would be no pain, no suffering, and no consequences after death.  We would have absolutely nothing to worry about.  Since we are all sinners, we all could breathe easier since our poor choices in life would have no repercussions.

If we died and our thinking terminated at that point, we could easily deal with death.  Death would be the same as nothing, and everybody should be able to deal with nothing happening.  Everything would end and there would be no more.  Believe me… that would be a good thing.

That would be a great ending for us because most of us feel guilty about something and those who don’t should.   And the bad choices we made in life would have had no consequences after death.  Of course, society, family, and peer pressure still would provide their own consequences for your sins during your lifetime.  But there would be no afterlife to worry about.

So, the real problem in dealing with death occurs if our final breath does not stop our thinking.  If we are still aware after we die, we definitely have a problem.  Most likely, the afterlife will be strange and scary for us.  How do we prepare for a nightmarish unknown?

Quite frankly, I don’t know.  There are many religions to study and select your favorite.  But I am concerned that religion, by itself, will not be sufficient.  I fear that beliefs that are lukewarm to warm will not serve us well during the high stress of facing the unknown.  Attending church and praying to God probably are not going to help that much either.  So, how do we deal with death if we are still thinking?

It seems logical that there is a Creator outside this universe, since we live where nothing can be created.  And I believe that it is critical to make contact with this Creator before we die and certainly after we die.  How do we do that?  Again, I don’t know.  But it makes sense to attempt to unify with the Creator in some manner.  If you have sufficient faith and trust in the Creator and allow Him into your thoughts, you will be on the right path.

There are no guarantees that the path will be smooth.  I’m fairly confident that we will be tested on that journey through the afterlife.  But your beliefs in the Creator must be powerful enough to withstand the chaos and darkness so that you can find the light from your guide and ally along this road.  Never give up on the Creator because only He can remove you from the eternal damnation of being stuck with your own thoughts for infinity without any diversions.

Now, that would be Hell!

Consequences of Not Believing in Something

It is Christmas Eve, a time of year when we hear many stories about believing.  It might be in believing in Santa Claus, the birth of Jesus, peace on earth, or love within your family.  The consequences of not believing in something during your lifetime could be depression, a negative outlook, feeling lost and alone, or just in general a cloud of darkness over you.

But what about the consequences of not believing in something after you die?  Let’s examine the best case for you after death.  You would die and there would be nothing after death.  You would stop thinking and that would be the end.  Why is that the best case?  Simply because we all are sinners and have done things that require accountability, and if our death is the end of the road, then we will never suffer consequences for the bad choices we made during our lives.

However, the laws of our universe do not appear to have endings.  One of these scientific laws is that matter and energy is neither created nor destroyed within our universe.  In other words, we are stuck in the Hotel California, so that we can check in but we can’t check out.  Because of our recycling universe, it is most likely that we will still be thinking after we die.

Now that should scare the hell out of you!  Can you imagine being stuck with yourself for an eternity?  Prisoners who are placed in solitary confinement have a tendency to start hallucinating after several weeks.  Can you imagine what would happen if you were stuck in darkness with yourself forever?  Without your senses to distract you, your thoughts would torture you.  All the bad things you did would haunt you.  Even the most hardened criminal would suffer under these conditions.

So, what are the consequences in believing in something during your lifetime?  Well, other people could discriminate against you, torture you, or put you to death for your beliefs.  Man has a rich history of that.  But the most important question is:  What are the consequences if you believe in something in the afterlife?  Your beliefs might be tested in the afterlife just the same as during your life, but nobody knows for certain.

But you must believe in something after death in order to survive the unknowns and potential chaos.  Nobody knows what awaits us after we die, but if you have nothing to hold onto, you will sink into the darkness of despair.

Even though I have no idea what lies ahead in the afterlife, logically there must have been something that created the recycling universe.  And it had to be outside the universe since nothing can be created inside it.  I cannot conceive that our universe exists through spontaneous generation.  So something created it.  That means that there is a Creator.  I choose to believe in the Creator and am working hard to unify with Him so that He will be in my thoughts when I die.

But please believe in something.  The consequences of not believing in something are much worse than in believing.  The cost-benefit analysis indicates that you better believe in something.

Phase Changes

Forces of both attraction and repulsion exist between molecules of all substances. These intermolecular forces allow molecules to pack together as ice in a solid state or when melted as a liquid state, but when water is boiled, the liquid changes to a gas or steam.  These are phase changes.  The intermolecular forces decrease when changing from a solid to a liquid and then from a liquid to a gas.  The heat is providing the energy to overcome the attractive forces.

It is interesting to speculate on phase changes within our universe.  For example, is it possible that our universe could transition from one phase to another like water becoming steam?  If it does occur, life as we know it would stop when the phase change materialized.

What could precipitate such a phase change?  Well, energy seems to be a strong candidate for that answer.  We know that there is a strange and poorly understood energy called dark energy within our universe.  Could it be the missing link that causes phase changes in our universe?  For instance, we might wonder if dark energy, becoming stronger, might at some point create a phase change so that our universe goes from its current state to something altogether foreign to us.  Of course, we wouldn’t be around to examine it.

Is there any evidence of past phase changes in our universe?  Well, there might be.

There is an anomaly within the universe which is about 1.8 billion light years across and is located around three billion light years away from our solar system.  Currently, this is the largest structure we have found in the universe.  Little energy emanates from this circular area, which contains about 10,000 fewer galaxies than in other areas of the universe.  In effect, it has about 20 percent less matter inside it.  This cold spot within our universe has perplexed scientists since 2004, when it was discovered as a oddity in the otherwise homogenous cosmic microwave background radiation.  This cosmic microwave background which can be traced back to the Big Bang is spread evenly throughout our universe except this area, which is about 2.7 degrees K cooler than the average temperature in the universe.

The Milky Way is included in a cluster of galaxies called Laniakea.  Due to the uneven distribution of matter just after the Big Bang, the universe has lots of filaments and voids, but this giant void completely dwarfs the scale of all known threads or filaments scientists have seen.

This is an anomaly in the model of an expanding homogenous universe.  Scientists followed up with a new survey using the Pan-STARRS telescope to count galaxies in the area and they found a void in the same location where the Planck satellite detected the cold spot.

Scientists at the University of Hawaii at Manoa used several telescopes to create a three-dimensional map of galaxies that were located less than three billion light years away from the spot.  This survey located a gigantic void with about 10,000 fewer galaxies than expected.   There are other voids in the universe, but this is the largest one discovered to date.  This giant void could explain the colder temperature because as light travels across it, it should lose energy. This could also explain why less energy is emanating from that area.

But we still do not know why there are so few galaxies in this area.  One theory is that this is the origin of the Big Bang.  The Big Bang explosion was so powerful that it blew most of the matter, out of the original entry point, leaving a void.  It also may support the theory that the universe is shrinking since it may show a boundary between the expansion of the universe after the Big Bang and the contraction of the universe which followed when matter passed the cold spot boundary.

All these theories also could simply point to evidence of a phase change, going from attraction to repulsion.  The Big Bang seems to be evidence of a repulsion phase, but the anomaly may be evidence that the repulsion eventually halted and a new phase of attraction to the dark energy may be in progress, eventually leading to another phase of repulsion.

If we want to really think outside the box, we might wonder if this could be the nexus between the universe of relativity and the universe of quantum mechanics.  In other words, the jump from our world of relativity to the quantum world could be simply a phase change.  As the macroworld contracted from dark  energy’s attraction, it would at some point transition into the microwold of quantum mechanics.  Interesting!