A subject which constantly plays on my mind. One which I know I may never get the answer to, but it bugs me none the less – what is the meaning of life? What happens when we die? I have several theories; some widely believed, some slightly odd-ball, but when it comes to this subject, none can be deemed unthinkable.
My first theory is loosely based on the Buddhist belief that when we die, we reincarnate into another human body, live another life, and repeat this cycle until we have learned so many lessons in life, that we become as kind, honest and caring as is humanly possible. Once we have become ‘good’ enough in our Earthly lives, we move onto a higher stage of being – what that is, I do not know, nor do I think I would be able to comprehend. I like this theory, it gives me motivation to be a nice person.
My next theory is kind of like the film, ‘The Matrix‘ and means that I am the only one truly existing in my world. Maybe what I am seeing and experiencing in life is just a ‘dream’ and that everyone in my life and everything which happens to me, is created by me subconsciously. If this is the case, then I must have a really dark side because there are a lot of bad things and people in this world! I don’t like the thought of being responsible for all of that.
One theory, which was inspired by the TV programme ‘Quantum Leap‘, is that every time we wake up from a sleep, we are born into somebody else. So, I go to bed at night as ‘Kelly, the twenty six year old web designer’ and I wake up as ‘Mark, the sixty year old lorry driver’. Obviously, all of my old memories are erased and replaced with the memories of my new host. This theory would mean that our ‘souls’ are constantly swapping from body to body and will never die – who knows, if this is correct, you may be me, and I may be you tomorrow! Scary.
My last theory is what I like to call the ‘Onion Effect‘. That is, there are several layers of life all happening at once. So, when we die, our souls simply move onto the next dimension (or layer) and carry on living their lives with family members and friends who have already moved onto it. Therefore, if we had ‘all-seeing glasses’, we would see the room full of people from hundreds of generations, all living their lives in parallel dimensions. I like this one as it means I get to see my Nana again in the next layer!
So, there are my theories. It doesn’t really answer the question, ‘what is the meaning of life‘, but gives me some hope that the answer isn’t, ‘there is no meaning, we live and then we die’ – which scares the hell out of me!