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No One Knows What Happens After Death. And That’s Good



No One Knows What Happens After Death. And That’s Good

‘What happens after we die? Will we enter the eternal nothingness that frees us of sense-perception, emotional turmoil, worry and rumination, and the enslavement of our bodies? Will we return to the flesh again for another cycle of life on Earth? Or will we enter another world for better or worse? No one knows for sure. But what we do know is that mortality is upon us.’ – Enzelganger, Stoicism for Inner Peace

No one knows what happens after death. What everybody surely knows is that our bodies decompose. But no one knows what happens to the individual consciousness (us) after death.

Many traditional societies worldwide claim to know what happens after death. Some societies believe we’ll turn into animals and others believe we’ll be absorbed into Infinite Intelligence. Most believe bad people will be punished, and good people will live a happy life after death. The different beliefs regarding life after death show that all traditional societies do not know what happens after death.

Most of us believe Near-Death Experiences (NDEs) provide accurate information about life after death. Although NDE stories have common elements, they are highly different. Some people report seeing a large endless land, others see an endless sea, and most go through a tunnel. Some see their relatives, others see demons, and others see a white staircase leading them to a golden gate.

People from different cultures or religions also have different NDE accounts. Some Christians claim to see Jesus, and some Indians see Buddha. Thus, NDEs are unreliable for accurate information regarding life after death. They show us that the mind creates afterlife worlds based on our perception and experience of physical reality.

We have to accept that we do not know what happens after death. Maybe death is like sleep or maybe there is neither punishment nor reward after death. Maybe there is heaven and hell. We really don’t know what happens after death. We create stories about what happens after death based on our flawed perception of reality, other people’s stories, and what we have read. These stories console us when our loved ones die. They make us believe that our dead loved ones still exist and we will meet them after we die.

None of us knows and has experienced what happens after death, and this is good because it makes life interesting. Once we accept that our intelligence is limited and we cannot understand life after death, we realize that this reality is the only reality we know and experience. We commit to live to the fullest and have the best experience because this might be the last time we are experiencing life as individualized consciousness. Maybe we will be reabsorbed into universal consciousness, become one with everything, and forget that we ever existed as physical beings.

Realizing that death might be the end of our memories, personality, beliefs, ideas, and what we call the soul encourages us to treasure every moment and show love to our friends and relatives because this might be our last time with them.

Maybe we cry when our loved ones die because we instinctively know that we might never see them again.

Death is a mystery. And it’s good we do not know what happens when we die. Most of us could have committed suicide if we were sure that life after death is a life of endless joy and happiness. This knowledge could have encouraged us to focus on the afterlife instead of physical reality. Not knowing what happens after death allows us to focus on this life and get the best out of it. So it’s good no one knows what happens. And please don’t waste your time trying to know what will happen after death because you will only know after you die. Or maybe you might not even know because everything about you might also die when you die.



  1. Anders Sandberg

    November 5, 2021 at 8:41 pm

    The BIBLE is telling you exactly what happens in the second death

    oh 3:3  Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. 
    Joh 3:4  Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born? 
    Joh 3:5  Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. 
    Joh 3:6  That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. 
    Joh 3:7  Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again. 
    Joh 3:8  The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit. 

    Mat 25:41  Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels: 
    Mat 25:42  For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink: 
    Mat 25:43  I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not. 
    Mat 25:44  Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee? 
    Mat 25:45  Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me. 
    Mat 25:46  And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal. 

    • Wechuli Isaac

      November 10, 2021 at 10:02 pm

      awesome, but the bible was not written by the dead, and although its insightful, its truth are not fundamental

  2. Darryl

    September 13, 2022 at 4:12 pm

    It seems the more enlightened, open-minded spiritual philosophies are humanity’s only hope. The fear based, only we are right, philosophies have led humans to commit so much evil throughout history.

    (I think you have a typo in third paragraph. Good and bad should be reversed?)

    • Wechuli Isaac

      September 19, 2022 at 8:22 am

      yeah, such philosophers ensure we dont progress intelectually and spiritually..nway, thanks for the correction. i changed it

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