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Single Idea 7817

[catalogued under 29. Religion / D. Religious Issues / 2. Immortality / a. Immortality]

Full Idea

It is remarkable how much the life of this world has to be denigrated to make the promise of happiness after death appealing.

Gist of Idea

To make an afterlife appealing, this life has to be denigrated


A.C. Grayling (What is Good? [2003], Ch.4)

Book Reference

Grayling,A.C.: 'What is Good? The Best Way to Live' [Phoenix 2003], p.77

A Reaction

This seems to be true of most religions, but it could be otherwise. Surely you want such a wonderful life to continue after death? But then you would not be obliged to do anything difficult to achieve immortality. Power comes into it...