Death and afterlife are are explored in almost every religion. Many religions has attempted to provide us with a vision of life after death (should it still be called “life”?) and bring many of us peace in mind in doing so. Hereafter has tried to present (though very briefly) how different people and religions approach notions of death, challenging viewers’ perception of death. My take on it echoes with George’s (Matt Damon) thoughts about his ability to connect with the dead: “A life that is all about death doesn’t worth living.”

We seek to religions, supernatural theorists or psychics for easy answers about after life for only one reason – fear. The fear of death is ingrained in our genes to prevent us from getting killed, a biological instinct that all organisms share. But is it worth it to spend our time, time while we are still alive, to fantasize about the world after death, to pursue a definitive explanation of after life and to embark for an endless pursue to talk to our deceased love ones? There is no right or wrong answer to this question as no one alive could have known the answer. But my answer to it is – No.

Nevertheless, near-death experience is still an active field in science and is has been and will be subject to tonnes of studies. My feeling is, whether there exists a supernatural world, where the “particles vibrate at a must higher speed” as a psychic claims in the movie, we could never proved it until we get there. George (Damon) has this special ability after a neurosurgery. Doctors claim that it is because his nerves are messed up and experience schizophrenic symptoms. But from George’s point of view, he is a person that could talk to the dead

So, is George schizophernic or psychic? We could never tell unless we’re him…or maybe, even if George himself couldn’t tell. At the meantime, why don’t we just chill out, have a cup of tea, and carry on.

Make the most out of life.

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Which life you wanna live?

February 24, 2011