Are we moomin, or are we dancer?
But how can you know what lies after death? Have you died yet? I'm not claiming these things for sure. It's just something we can never truly know.
As for developing my own religion. I guess I should say just my own belief system. I wouldn't make up any gods or theology.
Minds carry knowledge and memory which we will loose when we die. But souls carry consciousness and a perception of life that nobody else can see.
Listen to this interesting quote by Einstein: "The religion of the future will be a cosmic religion. It should transcend personal God and avoid dogma and theology. Covering both the natural and the spiritual, it should be based on a religious sense arising from the experience of all things natural and spiritual as a meaningful unity. Buddhism answers this description. If there is any religion that could cope with modern scientific needs it would be Buddhism."
i thought it would be worth mentioning.
Good quote. I forgot to say that I'm still far away from the truth and it's only human to try to find that truth. I'll never reach the point "I know everything and only my view point is right" because nothing can be fully proven, nor fully disproven. But many people claim they know everything, ironically.
If you want to imagine what comes after death, think about what came before your birth. Nothing at all.
You have made some very specific claims about souls, but can you demonstrate those claims are true? Can you show that souls even exist?
If you want to quote Einstein, are you going to ignore Steven Hawking?
"I regard the brain as a computer which will stop working when its components fail. There is no heaven or afterlife for broken down computers; that is a fairy story for people afraid of the dark,"
Thought it would be worth mentioning.
Things can be proven and disproven [otherwise your statement would be a paradox- if nothing can be fully proven, then the statement itself is proven]. Exposing magical beliefs as incoherent is not tantamount to claiming to know everything; it's healthy skepticism.
Until it is shown that souls exist, nobody should believe your claim that 'souls are responsible for consciousness', especially when there is evidence to show it is the brain that is responsible for this, not magic, and that consciousness can be easily manipulated and damaged by chemical and physical means.
I think you've just made up your reincarnation claim to fulfill a psychological requirement for more life and to deny your finality. In other words:
There are no right answers, only perceptions. There is no proof only thought. There is no right or wrong, there is but the Tao
WELL aren't I a special snowflake, my third forum post and its one of the most popular threads :3
If there is no right and wrong, how is your claim that the Tao exists meaningful, and why should anybody be persuaded when you make the argument that you are unable to prove it exists?
Imagine if your doctor was prescribing you a new drug, and this is what she said. Would you trust her prescription? No; you would want proof that any drug you take will treat your disease rather than killing you.
You wouldn't be happy to say 'there's no right and wrong, only perception' after taking hemlock to cure hay fever.