Philosopher Hartshorne’s View of Reality: Death and the Question of After Life
For greatest part of us humans, death comes every one of too soon, to millions of persons divisible by two before they even reach 10 years of old ~.
Of what worth is a small brief finite primate life in comparative estimate to the vastness of the nature which is billions of years from one side of to the other?
Charles Hartshorne sought to deal through this deep quandary.
(Recall his tangle Process Philosophy, panentheism, which we discussed and reflected in successi~ in the first 3 parts of this study.)
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“To Hartshorne, a one’s life was like a handsome painting or a poem. It has a source and an end, but it exists forever in that those who live without ceasing can observe it and benefit from it.”
Beautiful painting? Deep poem?
Or in what way about the exquisite beauty of the extremely compendium life of a Monarch butterfly?
Quality of life doesn’t be in possession of to equal length.
Besides the in appearance impossibility of mind surviving its grounding in the brain seems near impossible to defy. If the movie schemer stops, the very real Academy Award lovely film stops. A human “I” is a support process, not a thing. Does not my “I” discontinue when the billions of my neurons discharge?*
And too often the childish following the exact words concepts of the afterlife were every embarrassment to scientists and philosophers who were theists, who wrestled by the great question. Besides the topic of eternal damnation in Hell in creedal Christianity and Islam was to troubling ethically.
Probably most of the readers of this blog esteem heard about the Christian Heaven and Hell greatest number of their lives, so I behest only cite a Muslim view:
“Islam teaches that Hell is a veritable place prepared by God for those who chouse not believe in Him, rebel in requital for His laws, and reject His messengers. Hell is every actual place, not a mere recite of mind or a spiritual existence. The horrors, pain, anguish, and correction are all real, but different in world than their earthly counterparts. Hell is the final humiliation and loss, and nothing is worse than it:
“Our Lord! Surely, whom You accede to to the Fire, indeed You have disgraced him, and never will the wrongdoers notice any helpers.” (Quran 3:192)
“Surely, God has ac~ the disbelievers, and has prepared for them a flaming Fire wherein they determination abide for ever.” (Quran 33:64)
Also, subsequently to everything happens according to the foreordination of God (called “fate” or “predestination” in Islam), the Muslim afterlife seems as damned horrific as the Augustinian-Reformed person of Christianity. In both cases, face to face with humans are even born, before the nature is created, all humans are predestined to Hell, or in some cases to Heaven:-(
So when Process Philosophers offered a separate more scientifically possible hypothesis for life in imitation of death, this was accepted by some avidly.
At first, glance, the model of being remembered by God in favor of the everlasting future appealed to frequent people grasping for hope. They erect these metaphysical speculations so much further positive than hellfire or singing praises to God like he was some insecure petty medieval monarch. And a great deal of better than the literal crassness of Muslim men acquisition 72 virgins and Christians entering through pure gates.
Even when I reached every age of critical thinking and appropriation, as much as I hoped because eternal life, the specifics always seemed true vague, and hard to imagine. It was a universal hope, not a highly imaged arrogant belief.
And I certainly rejected the by letter description of Hell and Heaven of greatest part Christian leaders. For instance, the gleaming. Roman Catholic theologian Thomas Aquinas claimed we dead/lost humans would look down from Heaven immediately after the billions of other humans subsistence tortured in eternal damnation including our loved ones and friends, and accord. God all the praise and lustre!
Sick, sick, sick ethically, a horrifically bad in doctrine.
Of what worth is a compendium finite primate life in comparison to the vastness of the universe which is billions of years athwart?
Whose outward life at least comes to an end all too soon?
So a theistic speculator like Charles Hartshorne and a bright mathematician and thinker like Alfred Lord Whitehead
explained in their writings that, maybe, there isn’t any subject afterlife, moreover rather an objective afterlife, we maker conscious ethical entities reside as enduring memories within God’s everlasting trial life.
But there seems to exist a horrific problem in this form of the afterlife–
Immediately, this alternative to the traditional understanding of the afterlife is place severely wanting.
In the traditional religious view of the afterlife, all bequeath be righted, and justice and blessing and compassion will come to those calamitous billions who lived tragic, all also short lives, such as the 2 year sensible toddler who dies suffering from leukemia.
Think of the billions who suffered in the countless slaughters, plagues, famines, or diurnal abuse of history, of their every one of too brief moment under the crushing premium heel of history, under the ruthless indifference of natural selection.
In the new sincere proposal by Hartshorne, Whitehead, and other thinkers of Process Philosophy,
of those who regard suffered horrifically
will ever escape the delirium tremens, their suffering.
While they may be a permanent memory within God, is that a pass to be valued?
Remember, he also wrote, “It has a origin and an end, but it exists at all times in that those who live put ~ can observe it and benefit from it.”
As precise as Hartshorne’s image of a someone existing like a brief poem sounds, to subsist remembered, the horrific problem with of the like kind a view
is that the wide majority of billions of humans
in the remain 100,000 years
don’t generate remembered by others even in the at hand life, not by anyone ever.:-(
As farther as the billions of humans manner of life now are concerned or aware, the billions of humans and countless sentient animals of the past NEVER existed. My group of genera doesn’t even know anything from one place to another our ancestors 3 or 4 generations back, suffer alone be able to “comply with and benefit”!
They didn’t live so “that those who live attached can observe it and benefit from it” (Hartshorne’s ~ology).
Once or twice in a race, an anthropologist (or archaeologist or chronicler) finds skeletonal remains, but even in that place, no one knows the inner life of the human that existed 60,000 years past.
On the contrary—think of it–there are millions of recent humans who be sure one remembers now. For instance, millions of humans who only lived a hundred or two century years ago are erased from human memory. There are plenty of faded Brady photographs of soldiers in the U.S. War Between the States what one. are available to us in museums ~-end who none even knows their names, give permission to alone their deep inner lives. Heck, we don’t so much as know basic details of their quotidian life. Their staring faces look into disfavor to us, but no stories are there for us to understand the men and women, and perhaps, even identify with them.
Except with regard to a fading image, all the beauty, poetic or artistic and inner life of them is gone. As well of the same kind with all the terror, sorrow, and forfeiture.
Let’s say that God does personal history and remember. Of what help is that to us who live, or to those who are permanently gone?
I effectuate that Charles Hartshorne was trying to deal by the huge difficulty of how a human’s understanding can survive beyond his human brain’s end.
But, in the manner that much as one can find keen insights in some of Hartshorne’s philosophical views, his say in reply that individual humans have no futurity, that there is no life in imitation of death seems weak and fraught with sorrow and unredeemable loss.
What transact you think?
*A new Danish according to principles study in “shows that astrocytes, which are also present in the brain, require responses that are almost as hurried as those of the neurons. This, chop logic the researchers (such as Barbara Lykke Lind of the Department of Neuroscience and Pharmacology at the University of Copenhagen), step that the astrocytes may also perform on a part in thinking and perception by touch.”
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