X-Message-Number: 24857
Date: Mon, 18 Oct 2004 12:59:05 -0400
From: Henry R Hirsch <>
Subject: Mark Twain's view of the afterlife

Recently we have had a lot of comment comparing the afterlife promised by 
religion with physical immortality. In this context, Mark Twain's short 
story "Captain Stormfield's Visit to Heaven" is entertaining. The captain 
finds that reclining on a cloud bank, singing hymns, and playing the harp 
is not very satisfactory for the long haul. Everyone, after a short 
vacation, finds work to do. Everyone is free to choose his own age in 
heaven. Usually a person chooses an age which maximizes his or her mental, 
not physical, capacity. What would you do?

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