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Ladder to heaven

Sheldon says "We must be doing some mindless, mundane activity to solve unsolved problems". Of course his language is more geeky.

That is the exact reason why I am always glued to  the TV. I did not invent some ground breaking invention. But yes, I did get some idea - from the TV show itself.

Normally TV serials - English ones are about murders, lot of them, and how to nab that serial killer. Or about lawyers who try to save those who commit these murders. Or about flings - infinite number of them. But the mini series "Angels in America" was completely different. It was more like a serious novel. The kind I read. (used to read).

OK. In one scene, Prior - a gay AIDs patient, climbs staircase. Leading straight to heaven. The staircase which is burning. He does not catch fire at all!

Now he is in an old and dilapidated building, facing a table full of officials. But these officers have wings - they are angels. He tells them he has come to return the book. He wants to live. He prefers wretched, painful existence on earth to being a prophet in heaven. He also says "HE is not coming back. He is letting us suffer endlessly. But if HE does come back, take him to court." Wow, more profound than Nietzsche's "god is dead" statement.

What intrigued me was - why do we always think that heaven is above us and we have to climb an infinite ladder to go there?  Why can't we just teleport there? See, without body, the data to be transferred will be reduced by an enormous amount. And if heaven is above us, is hell below us? Those of us who go to hell (most of us, I thing) - do we go in a tunnel and reach the center of the earth? And melt in that scalding heat there? If not, can we find ourselves surrounded by a beautiful scenery - better than any sci-fi movie?

And another thing - when some one dies, we Indians say "ve swargvaasi ho gaye" . Why not narakavasi? (swarga - heaven , naraka - hell).

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