The allure of supposed immortality is a strong one.<quoted text>
It takes some courage to even entertain the possibility that there may be nothing after life, would you agree? We cling to life, understandably; it's the only reality we really know. But why do some religious people want "eternal life?" Why do they see their own lives as so important, that they must continue.. FOREVER? Can there be some satisfaction in knowing that, after one dies, others will carry on with the challenges, the sorrows, the joys of life? Maybe do better than we did? Is seeking eternal life sort of being like the kid on the merry-go-round who never wants to get off and give someone else a turn? Is it an expression of ultimate selfishness? Just wondering.
It can also be (albeit dubious) comfort to someone who's come face-to-face with their own or their loved one's mortality.
Of course, once a person is deeply indoctrinated, that very mind-meme will seem to "fight" any attempts to dislodge it.
See the idea of antiprocess for an interesting hypothesis about this last observation. " http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antiprocess" ;