I ask because, answering this always makes me feel vulnerable. So, to get a response that is the antithesis of what I felt while putting it out there, intrigues me.
I've heard variations of this. Sub in consciousness for soul. Then, your soul still lives on. Your life, your experiences live on, even after you die. As if, otherwise, living, is worthless, unless it can be preserved beyond one's death.What if God is this super smart clockmaker who built everything and just sort of lets it run, occasionally tinkering/fixing stuff. But you never get to see him when you die, you just exist and then die and that's it. But maybe when you die, he like absorbs your consciousness (maybe you were just borrowing a piece of his consciousness and when you die he gets it back) and by absorbing everything you saw/thought/experienced he gains a richer appreciation/knowledge of the subtleties of his creation? We're like cosmic reporters for this big, cigar chomping editor in the sky. Does that count as a promise of immortality?
You see, we all do have the potential to live on. Not through god, or anything beyond, but through us, each other.
If I lead an examined life, looking at how I make an impact, how I create the ripple effects, doing what I believe in/things that ring true for me, I can aim to direct myself in a way, where, how I live on, were the best parts of me. Through those impacted by the ripples of me.
I firmly believe that we have to answer to ourselves and each other. Nothing beyond.