Do the research

We fritter away the game-changing potential of NDEs, parting visions, and afterlife communications as we endlessly argue over ‘are they real’ instead of ‘what can we learn from them?’

This line from a recent Facebook post by Melvin Morse jumped out at me. It perfectly encapsulated the feeling I have about it. It’s also why I am writing a blog about the social impact of a device that is still being researched and developed.

Perhaps it is the creative writer in me. Part of the process of writing a novel is to figure out what a character will do if such-and-such an event occurs. It requires planning for consequences, such as what happens if a widower wakes up in the middle of the night and finds his deceased wife smiling and waving at him.

So I am disposed to that kind of thinking when I encounter the conceptual feast that the SoulPhone offers. Bring it on. What will happen when we start hearing voices from the other side through an instrument like an iPhone? Even when it isn’t here, it’s not too soon to think about how it will change the human condition.

I have always been disappointed at how slow many social institutions are to embrace ways to improve the world. This is especially true when it comes to afterlife research. I see so much amazing potential in figuring out once and for all if and how consciousness survives physical death. How much circumstantial evidence does one need to get off the collective fat, lazy ass of materialism and start learning from “the game-changing potential of NDEs, parting visions, and afterlife communications?”

How much did the world change when it was finally decided that the Earth was round, not flat, and that the Earth revolved around the sun, not the other way around?

I think Morse’s phrasing about frittering away game-changing potential is right on. That’s exactly how I see it. We’re frittering.

While there’s plenty for anyone to find about afterlife research, it takes a dedicated hunt. Podcasts and websites abound when you know where to look for them. (You can start with Google.) However, mainstream media still lags far behind with any serious programming on the topic. They mostly treat it like show biz, education for entertainment purposes only, not for social progress.

We encounter death in our society mostly through disorganized shock value. Suicides, murders, accident fatalities, unexpected body failures, warfare, and natural disasters, to name a few, take us by surprise. Even when we have time to plan ahead for someone’s peaceful transition, many don’t. They don’t plan because society largely doesn’t take death research seriously.  As a result, when the unthinkable happens, it rolls in like an earthquake, sometimes tolerable, sometimes devastating.

I’ve learned bunches from my creative writing. Even when I wrote sheer fantasy about extraterrestrials or friendly spirits (sometimes deliciously friendly), I found myself involved in exciting thought processes that helped steer me through my ordinary life. My plots and characters may have been fictitious, but the lessons I learned from them were practical and inspirational.

As with other brave human exploratory endeavors that involve research, such as reaching the moon, benefits derived from a quest often include other breakthroughs and inventions. The goal may be to talk to Aunt Clara in heaven using a SoukPhone, but reaching that goal could trigger advances in telephony, health care, human relations, and anything else discussed in this website!

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