People are afraid of death and they would prefer to believe that when it's over it isn't really over,,, Over,,, OVER! Done. Stick a fork-in-it time. So we conjure up stories and engage in these assorted rituals and traditions that we believe will insure our make-believe "souls" a favorable reservation in some kind of make-believe "afterlife" or make-believe "heaven" where we will get reunited with our beloved dead friends and relatives plus we'll get to hang and party with the god-guy/god-girl, the saints, the prophets, the angels and the other celebrities from the "holy" books and fables. Hey, I'd like to believe that too. It's a nice story and I too have an aversion to death, but I'm realistic enough to know that it ain't necessarily so. And in the back of your mind, admit it, you probably don't totally believe it either, but you HOPE it's true. The calendar may read 2012 but in many ways things haven't changed that much since 1012. Hallelujah! (or however you spell it).
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