We are part of the Universe. All the elements we are made of came from a very large exploding star that created the heaviest elements upon exploding, the intense heat fusing the parts together to make gold, silver and more. And these parts are all in us and through us. We are conscious beings. We are the Universe trying to Understand Itself.
From dust we came, to dust we shall return. We started as stardust and in the far deep future, we will return to being stardust. But somehow, perhaps through the process of quantum entanglement, our consciousness – our souls – will continue to live on, somehow, elsewhere – and here, certainly, among those of us who remember.
Is there a heaven? I believe there is. It is nothing that we could possibly imagine or concieve of – our minds cannot contain the vastness of what it is. While it is true that everything dies, it is more importantly true that absolutely nothing dies: all things live on, in some form, in some fashion, whether it be through the influence of our life’s actions and words upon others, or through children, or through our dust becoming part of some future star yet to form that will eventually explode, creating new elements out of our dust, creating a new sun and planets with a new set of living beings who will one day contemplate, a billion years from now, “Who Are We?” And we will be a part of them, their most distance ancestors.