People talk alot about philosophy and spitutuality but I think that somethings needs to be said. This can be described in more detail but I don't want to make too big post. I am sure that some peope could lose them selfs in this so I am willing to clarify certan parts.
Death is a the end of a person not a transformation or a journey. (in standard meaning of those words)
Death happens when body is no longer able to function from chemical and physical perspective.
People (even most of unbelievers) think about death as going away of this world. What look as a wrong approach for now.
You simply stop functioning and that is it. There is no void and there is not suffering or joy. You simply don't exist anymore.
Also you did not go anywhere you are still in this world. Most people look at the death as the end of a world but that is not true. World existed before your birth and it will exist after your death.
What I find interesting is that science and religion have very different views about this, what many people overlook.
Most of religions presume that when you die your soul/spirit goes to an afterlife. But science actually says the opposite.
Science says that when you die it is the "spirit" that dies.
Since you no longer exist as person but your body in a way survives since atoms that made your body still exist. It is just that the body is taken-apart
but the atoms will continue to exist non the less.
What I am saying is that the spirit dies and body lives when it comes to death.
If we take E=mc2 into the account body and spirit are actually the same thing. But large number of deep spiritualists don't look at that this way.
Now someone could say that all of this is a missunderstanding because many scripts and belifs are badly translated or explained in as wrong way.
To be honest I think that this approach is running way from the truth.
Here is some examples of this.
For every human being it works that mentally abilities depend on quantity, quality and diversity of food that is consumesd. What should not work.
Another example are drugs of all sorts and kinds. The most important drugs here are the ones that are given to a person to change their mental condition. What should not work if standard spiritual concepts are true.
Since it should not be possible to change people so much with something material.
The ilegal drugs are probably even better example of this.
Since the dawn of biological evolution the atoms exist.
Which means that they were a part of someone else before you were born.
All people in this forum in themselfs have atoms that made Nazis and Egiptians while they were building the Pyramides. Because of this there can't be afterlife that people are imagining. Since the people through history are sharing the same building blocks (aka energy.)
In body of a male that is average in size and it is not overweight there is about 7,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 atoms. Each of them has it's own history and all of them are much more older then mankind.
If we overlook that some of them are created by a decay of heavier and redioactive atoms.
I simply don't see where you can push any kind of a spirit in this story.
As we live our lifes we are lossing atoms and gaining new ones. So there is a constant exchange of them in our body. You can say that you were going to school but that is not actually fully correct because the exchange replaced large amount of atoms that were going to school.
The atom collective managed to remember the information but technically you were not there.
The "problem" here is that this has a very large consequences on right and wrong. Because it gets harder to define a person.
What people usually see as regrets of old people about doing something bad is a actually a side efect of bodychanges. It can be that changes are not enough to have a major change but we all change with time.
The combination that did something bad did it because the combination of atoms was right for it. In the body and outside of the body.
Also there is factor that atoms don't make only people they make everything.
Everyone are made of huge number of them but many atoms have spent huge amount of time outside of mankind.
In that group many were not even a part of life on Earth for hundreds of millions of years. Since they got trapped forming a rock. Limestone is one very good example of this since this rock is being producted by organisms.
As I said each atom has its own path that is very long and all of them are made of energy and all of them are going in and out of the body all the time.
Because of this I don't see how spirit could exist. Since I dont see how real personality could exist, since everything is atom/energy based.
In this kinds of conversations people take word energy in a too spiritual way.
Since we are talking about energy that is needed to create crystaline matter or it shows itself as friction etc.
To me it looks like that people can only believe in spiritual things but there is no evidence that the storys are actually true.
Since the entire thing is very connected with human emotional need it is even more likely that all of this is just a wishful thinking/feeling.