You may have heard of the late Kerry Packer? In life he was one of Australia's wealthiest, a multi-billionaire. Some months before his real death in December 2005 he had a "phoney death" in which his heart stopped working for over ten minutes. He was was pronounced clinically dead by medical staff. But amazingly he revived, came "back to life" (?) and concerning his experiences during those 10 minutes, made a number of comments that were widely reported at the time.
I can't remember his exact words, but they were to the following effect, "I've been there, and come back. And I can tell you all, there's nothing there. Nothing. No tunnel. No light. It's all rubbish..."
Of course, the fact that Kerry Packer believed he found nothing, saw nothing, doesn't prove anything either way. But I tell the story because it reminds me of something I read a number of years ago. Can't remember the exact words or where I read them but they were to the effect that what you experience during and after the thing labelled as "death" is exactly what you expect to experience --- no more, no less. If you expect nothing, you get nothing. If you expect hellfire and brimstone, you get hellfire and brimstone. If you expect 900 doe-eyed houris (or whatever the exact promise is in the Koran) then you get 900 doe-eyed houris (as reward for making jihad against the infidel).
I don't unequivocally agree or disagree with Mr Packer, or with anything in the preceding paragraph: I'm still making up my mind.
Kerry Packer "died" with the firm conviction that nothing lies beyond death. And if the story is true, he got what he asked for. ("Be careful what you ask for, you might just get it!") By virtue of being human, of being a creator, that was the experience he created for himself --- the experience of finding nothing.
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