In philosophy, religion, mythology, and fiction, the after life is the concept of a realm, or the realm itself, in which an essential part of an individual’s identity, energy or consciousness continues to exist after the death of the body in the individual’s lifetime.
According to various ideas about the after life, the essential aspect of the individual that lives on after death may be some partial element, or the entire soul or spirit, of an individual, which carries with it and confers personal identity.
In some popular views, this continued existence often takes place in a spiritual realm, and in other popular views, the individual may be reborn into this world and begin the life cycle over again, likely with no memory of what they have done in the past. In this latter view, such rebirths and deaths may take place over and over again continuously until the individual gains entry to a spiritual realm.
The notion that there is a life after this one on Earth is a widely held belief that predates recorded history. It’s clear that humans want to believe – perhaps even need to believe in life after death.
There is no definitive proof, of course, that a life after death exists. But there are some rather compelling anecdotes that suggest there might be: remarkable cases of claimed reincarnation or past-life recall, for instance. There are also countless cases in which the recently deceased have appeared briefly to family members and friends to tell them that they are well and happy in another world.
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Perhaps the most intriguing “evidence” are the stories related by people who have gone through the “near-death experience.” Although mainstream science suggests that these experiences are nothing more than the result of certain brain activity under extreme stress or hallucinations brought on by drugs or medication, perhaps these accounts shouldn’t be so readily dismissed. If they are real, after all, they hold the only clues we have as to what life in the hereafter might be like.
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