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Are you Brainwashed Too?
Life after Death
Member Name: janharper
Life after Death
Advantages: It gives you something to hold on to
Disadvantages: Result of brainwashing
I was brought up in a Christian household and went to Church of England Schools and it is this that I have to thank (or blame) for my firm views on the afterlife.
I don't come from a religious point of view when I say that I do believe there is another place where we all go after death. My opinion, if I am honest is the result of years of brainwashing. I have no proof that there is life out after death but it is somehow an ingrained belief that I cannot shake off.
There have been many times when I have questioned this belief but I always end up ignoring the questions and retaining the belief.
I studied comparative religion at degree level and came to the conclusion that most, if not all religions, have a belief in some sort of afterlife.
A look at the psychology of this shows that people need something to hold onto during difficult times and the leaders of the different religions, who were the only educated people, historically speaking, made use of this. They controlled the general population by promising reward, or punishment in the next life.
The ancient Chinese believed that debts could be paid in the next life if they weren't cleared in this one. Roman Catholics were threatened with burning in hell if they broke any of the ten commandments and Hindus believe that if you do bad things you will be relegated to a lower world after death and suffer the consequences.
The whole thing, no matter what religion we talk about seems to be based on the idea of controlling people in this life by threatening them with unspeakable punishments in the next, if they don't comply with the rules.
I know this, I've studied it in detail and yet I have been so successfully brainwashed that I still believe in life after death and the concepts of reward or punishment during that afterlife.
The truth is that none of us know if there is life after death because none of us have been there but many of us prefer to take out a form of insurance and behave ourselves just in case.
Summary: Many people believe because it gives them some insurance!