Have you ever stopped to think about how you are thinking? It is really quite unique. Your senses detect everything going on outside you and bring it back inside you for evaluation. For example your eyes view the world like you are watching a movie. Your seat in the theatre is somewhere inside your body as you watch the events play out on the big screen.
Your thinking is also somewhere inside you. It is not surprising that we are focused on ourselves. Everybody else is outside our movie. They are actors, and we are the primary customer. The price of the movie ticket is our life, so we expect to receive the rewards and benefits from that payment. Other people don’t view life from our perspective, so we are more important, of course, from our standpoint.
When we look in a mirror, we see ourselves more as an actor than as a paying customer, but our thinking is still generally focused on us as an individual, who is more important than the rest of the world. But what is the reason behind this introspective thinking? Some people may ask why do we even exist? It seems that nobody has an answer, but logic tells us that free will is given to us as part of our internal perspective on life.
We make choices every day. Many of our choices are made to improve our quality of life. Some of our choices are very poor and lead to consequences during our lives. Others are bad selections that will have to be dealt with after our lives are over. Many hope that there will be no afterlife since they don’t want the consequences.
However, it is more likely than not, that there will be something waiting to judge us since otherwise, free will and introspective thinking are quite absurd. There would be no reason for them. Otherwise, we would simply react instinctively like others in the animal kingdom. If our universe has design, free will has to have some reason in the grand design or it makes no sense. Why are we the only animal with introspective thinking? Why are we given the freedom to make decisions if there are no evaluations of those selections? There is no logic for free will without consequences.
Even though quantum mechanics centers on chance activities, our visible world that tests our free will is based on measured decisions with consequences. For every action or choice, there is an equal and opposite reaction or consequence. This does not appear to be the case in the quantum world, which provides many opportunities in its game of chance. But quantum mechanics does not negate God and consequences. In fact, God could have created the quantum world to keep our universe recycling for eternity, which could be a punishment, in and of itself.
How do I know that afterlife exists at all? In other words, how do I know what happens when the movie of our life is over? Will I still be sitting in the seats in a darkened theatre? Or will the projectionist start another movie? Or will I walk outside into another world?
Quite frankly I don’t know, but I am reasonably certain that if our thoughts do not end with the movie of our life, then there will be consequences. How will the consequences play out? Again, I don’t know. We may be thinking in a dark, empty theatre, punishing ourselves for all the bad choices we made in life. Or we may be starring in a new movie, being punished through a process of reincarnation. Or we may meet the Projectionist or the Creator, who has consequences awaiting us. But as long as there is any chance at all for their being consequences, then we should work harder on making good decisions.