Heaven is usually thought of as some sort of afterlife, a view provoking hopeful belief on the one hand and skepticism on the other. Yet heaven is much more complicated and diverse than that. Those influenced by Western civilizations generally think of heaven along Christian lines—or along caricatures of those lines, as in cartoons featuring harps, wings, and clouds. On a less crude level, heaven is often derided as part of a system of reward and punishment, a "pie in the sky" or "opiate" diverting people from attention to bettering their present, earthly lives. However, the essence of the word "heaven" worldwide is the transformation of chaos into order , meaninglessness into meaning, and selfishness into compassion. Its attributes are usually joy, contentment, harmony, compassion, bliss, community, love, and a vision of God, or even union with God.
Different languages have different words for "heaven." More than that, the concepts behind the words vary radically among different religions and even within each religion. Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, and innumerable other religions display a panoply of beliefs. Heaven is not necessarily an afterlife. The most universal meaning of the concept is a joyful existence beyond the plane of human ordinary thought, feelings, and perceptions: a "new life" or "different life." To be sure, that concept is frequently expressed as afterlife, but it is also expressed as timeless or eternal life, transcendent life, and even as a state of existence in which humans can live a life free of illusion during their present lives. Heaven often means the realm of god(s), a distinctly different meaning from heaven as a goal for humans, but the two ideas readily merged.
what is your Heaven ?
I am there right now. Retired, single, no savings, living in an amazing community with great friends and family nearby. I can pursue my hobbies, volunteer when I wish, love when I want and play like there is no tomorrow. I am old and my body is deteriorating, which I accept, so I live each day as if it were my last and treasure every breath I take. The only thing missing is that I can not legally take my own life when I want to, when my time has come. I do not want my loved ones to suffer my end of life.
I remember a special on, I believe, CNN where they were interviewing a woman sitting by a pool in which her kids were playing. There was a large nice home in the background and an expensive car in the driveway. The woman was answering a question about the state of things in the world and she was going on about how utterly terrible the world is. It totally disgusted me because I’m thinking: “What do you want lady?” People tend to think only in terms of how much stuff they can collect. Expensive art, wine, parties, toys like big trucks and 4-wheelers is success and there is never enough. Any heaven could never be enough for these people. I have a home that keeps me warm and a car on which the wheels go around. I have, more importantly, a loving wife and daughter. I have heaven, enjoying each day as if may be my last because I am satisfied with what I have.
Kitty-cats all over the place, and pop-music that's not full of vapid, self-aggrandizing "artists" with no talent—the "worst" music would be stuff that's still pretty good, like REO Speedwagon, Poison and maybe classic disco like KC & the Sunshine Band
My Heaven will not come in my lifetime, but it would be a day when humanity realizes that there is no need to pray or worship an invisible man in the sky, when borders drop around the world and when the resources of Earth are protected. My Heaven will include a world where (taking from Martin Luther King Jr.) we are judged on the content of our character and not by the color of our skin. My heaven is a world where education and the pursuit of happiness is the worlds credo. My Heaven is a dream that if not realized will leave us divided and vulnerable to annihilation. My afterlife is in the knowledge that humankind is my kin and as long as humanity exists the part I played in it will always be there
My heaven would not be all to dissimilar from the movie What Dreams May Come with Robin Williams in which heaven is simply the reward for having followed the natural order and will be a world of your conjuring inhabited by your soulmate and past pets and anyone else who should choose to dwell in your heaven. You can't see the mortal world but somehow things are still semi connected
One of the things that always bothers me when somebody dies is that somebody is always bound to say, "they're in a better place now". I believe that this is a dangerous belief. If we believe that there is a life after this one then we won't realize the importance of getting what we need to get done now.
So that means that my heaven is being a good enough person now so that I am remembered and missed long after I'm gone. It's the only way that some part of me can continue after I am dead.
For me, heaven would be that I wouldn't have to worry about losing everything I've earned. My animals (horses and dogs) would be happy and healthy. Hopefully have a family and a good career. Be able to have farm animals again (like sheep, they are so much fun).
I guess that's my heaven, seems pretty basic. I've had it rough for a few years and am ready to be happy again.
I yearn for the comforting arms of utter oblivion after my demise. It's a disarming fact that religious evangelists can't cope with. All of their religious witterings are predicated on some kind of afterlife. When you tell them you could not think of anything worse than eternal existence they tend to shut up.
I have no idea what Heaven is or what I'd like it to be on the very unlikely chance I'd find myself there. I don't even think about it. I do enjoy a warm spot in the sun and a cup of strong coffee. Is Heaven something like that only stretched out? I think I'll go decaf.
My "heaven" would allow me to see all of the places this world has to offer. Allow me to fly and be invincible. Money would be obsolete and only my favorite foods would exist. I would get to meet all of the people I've admired throughout the years. People would be possessed with good intentions and qualities. There would be no government, diseases, alcohol, drugs, physical deficiencies or hatred. Wait a minute, I think I here my alarm clock! Oh well, time to wake up. Back to reality.
I've never really thought about this before but I suppose, if there was an afterlife with a Heaven, my Heaven would be stories. The ability to read or live stories that make it as though you are living again. Not only realistic stories though, but fantasies and dramas. There would be the safety of knowing it was just a story but you could experience lives and events that you otherwise could not have in actual life.