The world is divided into two entities: one is palpable, the other is invisible.
You can be king or queen of either world at any time.
The Palpable World
This is where the earthly rulers sit. They have a lot of money, they are powerful and rule over the sensible world. They impose their laws and can reign terror. Typically, this is where we look all the time. It is the cursus honorum, the race or the path to honours. We all want to dominate because it gives us more opportunities. It increases our chances of reproduction and improves the likelihood that our offspring will survive because they will have greater resources. We are programmed to survive, everything pushes us to become better at something that makes us more useful to the rest of society, which significantly increases the chances of society helping us in return. The race for honours pushes us to want to become the alpha of the gang, which makes us aggressive, selfish at times and cruel as well. Strength does not always coexist with good.
Essentially, there is this division between temporal and spiritual power. Kings rule the world of men, but shamans, popes or gurus are the link to the realm of angels and the dead. This is what actually gives them more power than kings.
The Invisible World
Unlike the kingdom of man, the kingdom of God has no use for alphas or omegas. What the divine looks at is the purity of our heart. In order to have the best place in the kingdom of God, we must prepare our post-mortem journey today. The temporal kingdom is temporary, while the angelic kingdom is eternal. If one has to choose, it is better to live one’s life with all the chances on one’s side to have the best life in the hereafter. That said, it is not incompatible to succeed materially. Nevertheless, you must always keep a hierarchy in your heart, God comes before men. If you have any doubt, look at this inequality:
b = t x p x k
B = T x P x K
b = expectation of happiness on earth
t = time on earth
p = 100% (= 1) the probability of experiencing this happiness
k = the happiness coefficient (it is a finite value, it can be large)
B = expectation of happiness after death
T = infinity (this value is not infinite if you believe in reincarnation)
P = your percentage belief in life after death, between 0 and 1
K = the post-mortem happiness coefficient
Unless you are 100% sure of the non-existence of life after death, in principle, B will always be greater than b because T is infinite. Mathematically, this seems correct to me, if you disagree put it in a comment. Since B > b, one should work on purifying one’s heart all the time to ensure the best chance of happiness in the afterlife.
Reasons To Believe In Life After Death
The belief in life after death is one of the most long-standing and controversial topics of human existence. Many cultures throughout history have been devoted to the idea of an afterlife, and the concept remains an open question today. Whether one believes in life after death or not, there are several reasons to consider its possibility.
First, considering the soul as an immutable element of the universe could be a reason to believe in an afterlife. Without an afterlife, where would the soul go after death? In many ancient philosophies, the soul is seen as indestructible, persisting beyond physical death. This idea was sometimes expressed in the belief of reincarnation–that the soul never truly dies, but simply changes form.
Second, some propose that life after death is necessary to maintain the natural balance of the universe. In this view, life and death are seen as two sides of the same coin, and their fundamental opposition is necessary for the universe to remain in equilibrium. This notion is often associated with the belief of justice from the afterlife, whereby a person who has done evil will be punished in death.
Third, many religious traditions speak of the afterlife as a reward for virtuous living. Individuals who live a morally upstanding life are often said to be rewarded in the afterlife, possibly with a place in a heavenly paradise or a more spiritual union with a deity. From this perspective, life after death can serve as a source of comfort to move beyond the fear of death.
In sum, while the belief in life after death remains a contested issue, there are several convincing reasons to consider its potential reality. Whether one believes in the soul’s immortality, the notion of the afterlife offering justice, or the afterlife as a reward for moral living, the concept has been a motivating force throughout history and its power should not be underestimated.