Something Ms. King said in class has stuck with me. She said that you are not thinking if you do not have a body. Literally having no body means that you do not have a brain, so not being able to think makes sense. But this brings up the question of what happens when we lose our bodies? When we ascend, and shed our corporal chrysalises to become spiritual butterflies, do we lose the ability to think? When we rise to heaven, to paradise, do we succumb to a certain way of thinking, which limits our thought? That sounded extremely sacrilegious and brings up another point, one that we have seen in One Hundred Years of Solitude. In the book, religion was, at first, disliked, because it seemed more controlling than necessary. I think that maybe this can be said about not just religion in general, but about the particular beliefs found in them. The main question I have about this topic is if there is a necessary trade off of free will for ascension and is it worth it? God did, after all, grant us free will on earth, the ability to make our own decisions and mistakes. This could mean that the “trade off” has already happened once, when we were put on earth, so maybe we trade back when we die.
This is just something that I found intriguing. It in no way reflects my beliefs; I am simply stating an idea that popped into my head at the time.