Heaven and Hell versus the Universe

Today at work I was doing a little wool gathering and thinking about death and dying and heaven and hell. I was also contemplating what happens when we die. As an atheist and not a believer in heaven and hell I considered a marvel of what happens when we die. When we are born we are collection of atoms and molecules drawn from each corner of the universe and we coalesce into this marvelous, unique, one-of-a-kind. There is not another one like us. Each one of us as varied as snowflakes. When we die and whether we are buried, cremated or however we are disposed of we return to our component parts. These parts the atoms and molecules etc. then go on to create the plants, animals, the mountains and seas of our planet. Some of these parts may take flight on the breezes in go to the upper parts of our atmosphere into space finally spreading throughout the universe from whence we came. Then to become parts of new planets, new stars, new moons and possibly new beings. What a shame the true believers limit themselves to such minor places like heaven and hell. Pity them we should.

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Comment by Alice on April 1, 2011 at 5:34am
I've had similar imaginings - pretty cool hey! And the same pity for those who choose fear of death and heaven and hell... how limited they are...
Comment by David Anam on March 31, 2011 at 8:03am

From what I understand, we're actually not even made of the same atoms that we started with. We are constantly "shedding" atoms just like hair, while our body incorporates new atoms. No need to wait for your death, pieces of a former you are already floating around in the atmosphere, while your body might currently hold atoms that came from a younger me.

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