Ancient cultures were bound together by their creation stories and after death beliefs. They gave the culture identity and a sense of purpose.

Since Darwin and Einstein our culture has developed a new set of creation beliefs. However our culture has avoided the subject of death... which is a shame because some new ideas about death would be comforting.

This is the stewpot model, about what could happen, to us, after death ...

The stewpot cooks .. and each of us is a BLUB (a beautiful individual blub, and no other blub will ever be exactly like it) – it lasts a split second then splashes out, evaporating and condensating into steam and smells... and then... over the course of the next 30 minutes... what was previously just one BLUB will become part of hundreds of new BLUBS...!

On the material level it is obvious: it happens with everything from stewpots to trees and clouds. It is possible that this is what happens after our death with our consciousness, our emotions and character, etc.

I see death as a point where we will somehow spread our seeds, that after death our consciousness, our qualities, our desires, frustrations, hopes, and hates, will separate out, and then rejoin with qualities from others ...

After death, parts of you and me could be combined together as part of a new process, in a new person – in the same way a tree gathers the substances it needs to build itself.

In one of our next lives, my fears and your hopes could be drawn together... combined as part of a new process, in a new person.

The above idea gives me a sense of my inter-connection and belonging with others, and of our mutual responsibility; possibly similar to animals who live in groups and herds. It's a feeling which is lacking in many other 'individualistic' death beliefs.

The original source of this idea is online at

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