Originally Posted by Maguru
Don't you think that belief in past lives, afterlives, heaven and hell are all just distractions from humanities true reality here on earth?
Personally, I think for the most part the answer is yes -- although your use of the word "true" implies that afterlives are a "false" reality and I don't know that I'd make that assumption.
I will say this. When I opened my eyes this morning I had a wealth of detailed and unambiguous information about my world in the present, and knew pretty much what needed to be done and how to proceed. Any other observer would have corroborated this info: sun shining, birds singing, clock says 6 am, parrot demanding to be fed, email from a client that needs to be answered, etc.
By contrast, the information I have about the afterlife this morning is vague, conflicting, and totally unverifiable, even IMO by personal experience. Subjective personal experiences can be notorious sources of deception.
What to do, what to do? Well, speaking for myself, I fed the parrot.