Future of death

I’ve wondered if we’ll ever reach a point in our evolving human existence where we won’t get especially upset when someone dies. We might even be glad for that person who changed worlds and cheer them on their way.

I recognize that we are a long way from there now. The general population still buys scientific materialism which says that death is synonymous with extinction and extinction is sad. However, that doesn’t mean we could never find death positive given a few milestone events along the way.

One milestone would be SoulPhone™ technology. Working and scientifically accepted ‘spirit communication’ devices would go a long way in flipping the paradigm. It could issue in an era where more people grasp that ‘dead’ people still exist—and can talk to us. When they start communicating in understandable conversation that they’re happy where they are, it will go a long way to change how society portrays death in average conversations.

Another milestone would be critical mass achieved from accepting testimonies from those who had near-death and out-of-body experiences. Many of these people have largely lost their fear of death. It’s often expressed that they aren’t yippee-skippy about going through a painful dying process, but they no longer fear what happens after bodily death. Many look forward to it.

Then there are researchers. In a recent blog post, Dr. Stafford Betty, a professor at California State University Bakersfield, notes the different lines of empirical data that have convinced him that bodily death is not the end of consciousness:

“They fall under nine headings, each by itself a powerful argument pointing to a world beyond ours. These include deathbed visions, the near-death experience, apparitions or ghosts, the uncanny memories of little children about what feels to them like a previous life, poltergeist phenomena, spirit channeling, instrumental transcommunication from the deceased, terminal lucidity among advanced Alzheimer’s victims just before death, and unwelcome intrusions by earthbound entities. If any of these, let alone all, are what they seem, then some kind of personal afterlife is strongly indicated.”

WHAT WILL IT BE LIKE?

Once it sinks into the broader culture that dying equals transformation, not extinction, the story will more commonly be told and heard that death isn’t awful. Simultaneously, it will become more apparent that lives on physical earth have a purpose. Earth is a training academy for spiritual development.

Did you notice how quickly the whole media world changed with the advent of COVID-19? Almost overnight that new reality dominated media coverage. The roll-out of SoulPhone technology will likely be a lot slower than that, not as instantly dramatic, but social change will result the more the news spreads and its implications are absorbed.

As with most major social revolutions, young peopler people will likely respond to evidence and experiences that older people resisting change may not be ready to accept. Younger people will see the progressive implications of a “there is no death” reality. They’re often more interested in saving the planet because as they often point out regarding climate change, they have longer to live in the physical realm than the old folks.

If SoulPhone technology is indeed developed through scientific methodology, it’s likely that the research community will be first in line to explore the possibilities and ramifications. SoulPhone Foundation Director Dr. Mark Pitstick has been saying in interviews that postmaterial luminaries (‘dead geniuses’) are eager to share their latest discoveries and wisdom with material people. As far-fetched as that may sound right now, Pitstick claims that research mediums have independently received the same “eager to share with humanity” message from the likes of Nikola Tesla, Albert Einstein, and others.

If this happens, science could be in for a wild ride. Materialism has dominated most scientific thinking, and a working SoulPhone would challenge much of that, which is why postmaterial science excites those seeking understanding of seeming evidence for survival of consciousness.

Reliable ‘spirit communication’ devices would shock and awe world consciousness. It would most likely confirm and refine much of what afterlife investigators over the last couple of centuries have already produced, creating (in my opinion), a new renaissance.

Part of that renaissance would likely include a new wave of story-telling that reframes how death is portrayed. Depictions may avoid clichés about tragedy and heartbreak. A new scientific reality may start showing something more positive and inspirational.

I sometimes think of life on earth as like a mission into space by astronauts. They face certain hardships, dangers, and inconveniences while they explore and conduct experiments. I like to think of our souls as doing something similar with our lives here; we are the astronauts. We know that we signed up for this ride. We wouldn’t abort the mission prematurely because it not only involves us but it impacts our whole support team. When we go back home, which in our case would be dying, we celebrate a job well done.

So much of what our story-tellers portray as tragedy shows death as extinction. Tragedies also promote suffering and roping our empathy into feeling bad for anyone who dies. When tragedies happen in our real lives, we’ve been taught how to fall into the same spell. Much suffering, I believe, is due to and is amplified by social conditioning.

This is not saying that if you are in mourning, you should magically snap out of it. In some future time and place after mass culture has absorbed a new paradigm, maybe society as a whole won’t be so caught up in fueling the tragedy paradigm with its rhetoric and portrayals.

FUTURE VIEW

Consider some futuristic possibilities:

• SoulPhone technology would allow texting, audio, and audio-visual (like Zoom or Skype) communication between worlds. (If the technology did not happen, much speculation in this article would not happen.)

• People who found themselves in another world would be able to phone their loved ones here. (“Yeah, had a great flight.”) There would be far fewer worries about the unknown.

• As we hear from more people who have changed worlds, we may collectively realize that it’s no big deal to them—they’re quite pleased with where they are now. They did not suffer. There’s nothing for us to fear.

• Society’s news and entertainment industries would slowly adapt to the newly revealed reality, reflecting a new consciousness about a loving universe.

• Religions would also adjust to new information streaming in, especially if founding prophets and authority figures spoke up from the spirit world.

• While completely unexpected bodily deaths would still startle survivors and often create hardships, society would likely evolve better coping mechanisms and help for the bereaved.

• The big picture of life that more people will know (and the children of the future will be raised by) will be much kinder and gentler. The new narrative of why we are here and why we should cooperate with one another will be more commonly expressed and practiced.

• The paradigm of death being the ultimate punishment or sacrifice would likely get an overhaul.

• Natural death of the body will be more commonly seen as “mission accomplished” and celebrations of life will not be so sad. Maybe funerals will be more fun as the name implies, especially when we know we can contact our loved ones.

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