Sometime in the future, everyone on the planet decides to live in a utopian virtual world [think Second Life 100 years from now], however they don’t access that world via a computer screen and keyboard.
The physical body would be stored away on life-support. Everyone would be tube fed the perfect amount of energy, fat, vitamins and minerals; delivered in a constant stream throughout the day.
We would have electronic messages sent right into our brain so our eyes wouldn’t have to be open. Smells, tastes and touch would all be created in our brain or spinal cord. The mind would be free to escape the physical disabilities of real life; the paralyzed would be able to walk, no one would have AIDS or bird flu. We could all choose to live our lives however we chose, free from the constraints of real-life.
In a utopian virtual world, where resources are unlimited, would we have to buy products and services, would we have to work to earn currency, and how would goods and services be priced?
Some other questions:
- In the absence of work, what would we do all day?
- What would we talk to our friends about?
- Would we be immortal?
- What value would life have if we were immortal?
- Would there be a government; someone to make decision about the world?
- How would that government be chosen?
How would heaven be different to this utopian virtual life?
If every ‘good’ person goes to heaven for eternity, there must be quite a few people up there. Just like in a virtual world, they won’t need physical things like food, water, medicine, money, and they won’t need to go to work to buy things.
- What would these people do and what would be their purpose?
- How would they feel fulfilled?
- What would their dreams and aspirations be?
- What would they talk about with their friend and family?
- Maybe they will decide to learn and gain knowledge and wisdom. But, for what purpose?
- Maybe they will decide to play sport or compete against each other. But how will teams be chosen?
- Will there be rules and regulations for competitors? Who will make these rules?
- Would they compete for a prize? What could the prize be?
- What if I am really passionate about my team and someone says they’re rubbish? Could I dislike them?
- Would there be arguments? How could arguments be resolved?
- Would music, art, movies, entertainment or literature exist in heaven?
- If I was passionate about writing theatre, film, music or poetry, could I continue with that in heaven? Could I share my work with an audience, maybe in a theatre? Who would perform my work? How would they be chosen over the many others who wanted to perform? Who built the theatre?
- How would someone passionate about food or wine get on?
- What if my whole family was here except my very lively and entertaining gay sister and her caring partner? Their two adopted children are here though, forever without their parents.
Heaven is a fantasy. This is heaven.