Hell

I think it’s safe to say that everyone has, at least once, had a time where they were so worried about something or felt extremely guilty over something that it ate at their conscience and kept them up all night replaying over and over things in their minds.

You know what I’m talking about. You lie to a trusted person about something. That lie plays over and over again; you are filled with worry it’ll get discovered causing them to lose trust in you. You have a job interview coming up. You replay repeatedly in your mind possible outcomes. You have an upcoming bill due, and you’re not sure how you’re gonna pay it. Guilt and worry riddle the mind and body, causing stress and making us lose sleep; sometimes it causes us to become physically ill.

Now we shift gears slightly. Most religions teach that God has given us the Ten Commandments, and that if you break one of those commandments, he will send you, once you’ve died, to this place of fire, burning, and endless torture and anguish. This wretched place is known as Hell or Purgatory. Supposedly, it’s a place of damnation and eternal extreme heat, kinda like Death Valley on steroids.

I’m not advocating that any one religion is correct or superior to another. However, suppose now that there is no such place of fire and torture, where you could bake cake, pie or cookies without an oven. Let’s say that after death, we all wind up going to the same place. Maybe it is a gilded place, everyone in the clouds. Maybe it just looks like where we live now. No one really knows. For the sake of argument, we’ll illustrate this afterlife to look like our current world, except there’s no politics and everyone actually gets along. There is peace everywhere and everyone has everything they need. Wouldn’t that seem like Heaven?

Imagine for a minute now, you’re one of those horrific sinners—adulterer, thief and blasphemer. You’re there, too. However, evil you is always running around, mind constantly racing, constantly worrying, thinking and overthinking. You can slow it down a little, but something is always eating at you. Couldn’t you say that a(n after-)life full of worry, regret and remorse is Hell? That’s what we say about in life: constant worry and stress is Hell on Earth.

I’m saying that I believe Hell is not a place, but a state of mind. No one is going to meet some weird looking red dude with pigs’ feet, horns and a pitchfork. Hell is going to be a recap of all the shit in your life, replaying on loop, maybe with Nickelback, Justin Bieber, “Baby Shark” and Meghan Trainor’s “All About That Bass” on loop, with no way to pause, stop or mute any of it. That would truly be Hell; I would actually prefer the place of fire and suffering over having to listen to that shit for all eternity😱🤮😵!

Now for the quote of the day:

“Maybe this world is another planet’s hell.”

Aldous Huxley

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