There are many glorious fruits to come from finally understanding what we are, but to my mind the greatest benefit is that it frees you from fear altogether.
Fear is pervasive in the modern world. We fear natural disasters and terrorism, cancer and accidents and nuclear war, alien invasions, our loved ones’ deaths, job loss, ebola, and simultaneously global warming and an overdue ice age. Apparently billionaire Elon Musk even fears the advent of killer robots.
The Armageddon that Mr. Musk fears would be brought on by artificial intelligence run amok. As he is quoted in the Washington Post article linked above:
“The leading AI companies have taken great steps to ensure safety. They recognize the danger, but believe that they can shape and control the digital superintelligences and prevent bad ones from escaping into the Internet. That remains to be seen… This is not a case of crying wolf about something I don’t understand. I am not alone in thinking we should be worried.”
It seems that to be human is to be afraid.
I remember fear. I feared the dark to the point where for years I needed a nightlight in order to sleep. I had a crippling fear of heights. I recall what it felt like to fear death as extinction, or – even worse – as a lottery in which to choose the wrong Christian denomination could put you on an escalator down, no matter how well you had lived your life.
So I recall fear. What I don’t recall with precision now is the moment when all my fears disappeared. I simply noticed one day perhaps a decade ago that I was sitting in my darkened office with my computer screen the only source of light, and I didn’t mind it. Not at all! I realized then that it had been awhile since I had felt the need to turn on a light. There was nothing in the darkness that could harm me.
Initially my loss of fear felt amusing. The fear reaction that for all my life had been normal when I had faced any threat – whether something so general as a nuclear war, or something so specific as a medical scare or a close call in a car – simply was not happening anymore. As I meet others who have studied the afterlife, I am coming to realize that this utter absence of fear is a byproduct of learning the truth.
I have been trying to understand why this should be. Here is what I am coming to think:
Freedom from fear is a joyous thing! The peace of living your daily life without all that garbage of fears in your mind is yet another reason why studying the afterlife evidence until your belief reaches certainty is worth every bit of your time and effort.
When you understand that your life is eternal and you are infinitely loved, it becomes hard to remember even what fear was like. What is the worst that can happen? Well, you might die. School might let you out a little early.