Posted by Naureen Choudhry
A couple of years ago, a Hollywood movie based on a Mayan prediction was released, entitled 2012. The movie obviously was pure science fiction based on a fantastical future. The year 2012 however is finally here. Is the world going to end? Of course not. What I mean to say is not that it will not end based on the Mayan predictions.
Armageddon-type movies bring to surface man’s deep-rooted fear perhaps of meeting his own end. As self-centered as we are as a species, generally, we love life. The belief in afterlife is a requirement by almost all religions, yet if we ponder, it is a concept that is difficult to develop and instill in our hearts unless there is profound faith in a Supreme Being. Not only faith in such a Being, but a desire to be with “Him”. The reason, according to my limited knowledge, why religions require their adherents to believe in the afterlife is to create a sense of accountability for the life we lead on this planet. But the truth remains that whether we believe in a life after this one or not, the concept of death is hard to deal with, especially if an untimely death happens. We want to always take affairs into our own hands, sometimes even death.