In the inquiry "Where do you go when you die?" I notice how easily I
settle for an
when I get down to I don't really know where I go when I
die. Some of those concepts are classics. Some are beautiful. Some are
just plain off the wall. Some are inspiring. Some, as we all
know, form the foundations of the world's great religions. I'm not
discounting any of them. I'm simply looking ... to see if I can get to
Part of the trouble we have with knowing where we're going (in any
sense) is not knowing where we're coming from.
On a trivial level, that's almost obvious. In today's high tech world
where websites like
give you directions, you first enter where you're coming from. If you
don't enter where you're coming from,
can't tell you where to go.
On a more profound level, when I ask "Where do you go when you die?"
it's also prudent to first know where we come from.
"Where do we come from?".
Unlike what's expected on
of the location we started from, and nor am I
of the compass direction we followed to get here. Rather,
I'm teasing out where we come from ie
who we really arelike a possibility.
In an earlier, health conscious time, it was said "You are what you
eat.". I've also heard it said in a later, wealth conscious time "You
are what you wear.". I would like to propose, instead - for today and
- "You are what you
"You are what you
We are our
That's how people know us. That's
who we are
- for ourselves, for people. Not what you look like. Not your
body - that's just
We are our
That's how we know people. That's
who people are
- for themselves, for us. We are our
That's where we come from. The
people who know your
know you. Indeed, that's a possible definition of "who
Where you go when you die is into the
of the people who
know you - by that definition. I could also say where you go when you
die is into the
of the people who love you. That's nice, but in this
it's not required. It doesn't need the choir of angels and the violins.
It's not significant that where you go when you die is into the
of the people who know you. Neither is it meant to be "the
truth". Nor is it intended to replace cherished religious and
spiritual beliefs. Rather, it's simply a place to