Existential Crisis Weekly

Existential Crisis Weekly is a column I made inspired by hard questions with no answers and my thoughts about them.

This week’s question: What happens after death?

Since this is a question that probably everyone has thought before, it’s interesting how no one has an answer. Most probably because no one we know now has come back from the dead to tell us.

Unless you know Jesus. If you do, please give me a call.

This question, along with many others, have sparked the notion of mythology. Myths are compiled stories to explain why the world is the way it is. Why things like trees and water exist. The most popular example of this is Greek Mythology, which includes the Gods and Goddesses whom represent ideas and objects. In Greek Mythology, they state that the world began in darkness with one bird named, Nyx. She laid a golden egg, where the beginnings of life were created. After many events (war, jealously, magic boxes, and lots and lots of miscommunications) the world was created. At least, that’s how the Greeks handled their existential crisis.

If you look back in history, you can see that most cultures, if not all, have stories with similar plot lines to explain the unexplainable. Many people speculate that you see a dark tunnel with a bright light at the end when you die. Some people say your entire life flashes before your eyes. Science has proven that the brain still has activity/awareness even after the brain has shut down completely. While some people claim to have witnessed their own deaths from an ‘outer body experience’, who knows what really happens. It has been speculated that your brain experiences 7 minutes of activity after death in which it replays your life’s memories.

Religions believe in a life after death, resulting in the heaven and hell concepts that if you behaved well in your human life, you will go to heaven (eternal happiness) in your afterlife. Whereas, if you behaved poorly, than you will be deemed to hell. Religions have constructed ideas of what is believed to be ‘good’ and ‘bad’ actions that dictate your afterlife conditions. All of these ideas are very interesting in their differences, but share the one similarity that the ‘afterlife’ will be a very glorious place once you live your full, happy, human life.

By Sophia Chan, Grade 10

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