The infinite possibilities for a human mind to process information have leaded them to create worlds that are somehow reflections of their own thought of living. However, there will always be an appropriate chance when individuals will tend to seek more apart from what they can actually comprehend. In such a case, the formation of faith and the belief of things that cannot be proven by mere observation and analysis have provided men the final justification why things in this world are made in such a way.
And in order to let this belief further flourish, the idea of heaven significantly provided contentment to people who are dealing with being lost in faith. There are significant numbers of people who will contest that heaven really does exist. Actually, the interview provides us the data that a sampled population indicates nine out of ten people believe in the concept of heaven. However, because of our individual experiences, the culture that we have grown in and the logical reasoning that we use in life separates us from each other on how we truly perceive heaven in the sense that it actually exists.
These differing attributes may have significant effects to the overall perception of heaven by the human population. After reading the document by Barbara Walters, I just confirmed that it is very likely people will get to have varied knowledge about heaven. The main goal of the interview is to acquire at least a good picture of how people generally regard heaven. But in my observation of the interview’s details, the goal seemed to have resulted from another significant feature of the study, that heaven cannot be pictured in a general perspective.
The people who believe in it have a larger picture of variety to show. Such differences do not weaken the argument about the presence of heaven. These facts only show that there is no single consensus on what heaven looks like and what is in store for its believers. The question whether it exists or not is no longer significant to the believers. As long as they know it exists, then it really does not matter whether they perceive it in different ways. It was also a good idea that Walters incorporated a study which involved non-believers as well.
Because of such attribute, she was able to capture at least the whole sentiment of the general population. Each sector was represented to make sure that nothing in the study was compromised. Although there are fewer people who do not believe in heaven, their philosophy in life can provide greater opportunities for the whole population to balance out possible dilemmas of misunderstanding. Apparently, most of the conflicts in history were all significantly related to religious beliefs in one way or another.
That is why representing each segment of the people groups will definitely provide a very good perspective in taking a snapshot of the people’s philosophical standpoint in life. I am a Muslim and I know that there will always be characteristics of my religion which other sectors may not understand. On the other hand, there are also some aspects of other religious beliefs that I myself do not know whether they are significant in one’s life or not. What is more important is to respect each other’s personal belief as a true representation of individuality.
In terms of heaven, the same approach should also be implemented. Based on Wikipedia, heaven may be regarded as a physical place or a state of emotional and mental faith. Of course, no one has ever returned from the “after life” and told us that heaven and hell really do exist. But as a believer, no other proofs would satisfy one’s curiosity but his faith.
“Heaven”. Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia. December 14 2007 <http://en. wikipedia. org/wiki/Heaven>