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…it behooves man to abandon thoughts of nonexistence and death, which are absolutely imaginary, and see himself ever-living, everlasting in the divine purpose of his creation. He must turn away from ideas which degrade the human soul so that day by day and hour by hour he may advance upward and higher to spiritual perception of the continuity of the human reality. - Abdu'l-Baha, The Promulgation of Universal Peace, p. 89.Do the various afterlife paradigms seem mythical, far-fetched, or nonsensical to you? Before we venture out on our own, it would obviously be the better part of wisdom first to see how others have responded to this challenge. And because our first awareness of our own mortality occurs in our childhood and youth, we might find some value first in assaying what some of the great minds have to say about those first images of death and mortality and the power of those childhood visions to shape our life’s purpose.