theres a theory that we as individual minds dont exist, and we are actually all just one consciousness experiencing itself subjectively. our bodies (and everything in the universe) are actually just physical manifestations of this "collective consciousness".
as a result of this, an individual can never die per se, because we all stem from the same singular consciousness.
the body dies, but the mind (or at least the bundle of energy that is us) lives on, manifesting itself elsewhere.
on a molecular level this actually rings kinda true. everything in the universe is made up of a collection of atoms (EVERYTHING. air, people, trees, water etc etc). these atoms are the same when looked at on their own, but the collection of atoms that makes up me looks different to the collection of atoms that make up my telephone, or my computer.
if all these atoms could be seen by the naked eye, and were all the same colour and shape etc (lets say hypothetically that they are little red spheres), the universe would be nothing but a box of little red spheres.
just like one, massive bucket of sand
look at dust in the wind. to us its just dust floating about, but if clumps of dust kept a fairly uniform shape and colour, we would see these clumps as seperate entities going about their path, instead of just one big cloud of dust (if you get what i mean).
when two clumps collide, they form a new one, thats neither part of its sums, it just exists as something else.
*takes hot of bong*
Dude......."all matter is merely energy condensed to a slow vibration and that we are all one consciousness experiencing itself subjectively. There's no such thing as death, life is only a dream, and you are the imagination of yourself."
Wha-?! yah lost meh!!! i know everything is made of atoms which make molecules which make different elements that react in different ways but that dont explain how were all one! omg meh head hurts now, thanks alot! .....................
Right. So all that dust in the wind is separate and yet the same, in the same way every star and galaxy in space and beyond are different yet together. Our universe could be no different then a small collection of dust particles swirling about from the backside of some jackasses footstep... which in theory is remarkably similar to the big bang theory, so with every step every person has ever taken, is a strong possibility for the formation of an entire universe similar to our own. Flick, burn, inhale, release, pause and repeat, then pass.