<quoted text>Not only would eternal life be unpleasant, I see it as an actual hell. Every goal that you ever wanted to achieve would be realized, everything you ever desired would be realized, and then what? Another thousand years to look forward to, and then another million, and what will you now do with every goal you ever wanted fulfilled? No matter what you aspire to, no matter how many goals you could think of, all would be fulfilled and you'd be left with NOTHING. An endless string of nothing, millions of years with nothing, this is the true hell, and comically this is what Theists live and breath for, pitiful. As Woody Allen once said, "eternity is a really long time, especially toward the end."
Reminds me of a short story I read once, most of the details I have forgotten. It seems a scientist was experimenting with making a time travel machine, and he was using various animals to experiment on in his machine. He would place a cat or a dog in the machine and turn it on and set a dial or something that would take them to some future date or past date, and he would leave the animal there for a very short few minutes and then turn the machine off, and the animal always would come out of the machine completely terrified, and would run off, likely very confused. He could never seem to understand what might have caused such a thing in such a short time, so he decided the only way to find out was to put himself into the machine, and do the traveling himself. I am guessing he must have had an assistant to operate the controls, so that he could come back. Anyway, he did find out why the animal was crazed, because inside the time machine the animal (or person) experienced an eternity of time, and so when they appeared to return in only a few minutes, they had experienced it as an eternity, and it completely blew their minds.
I cannot imagine an eternity that I would want to be in either. Even having the most wonderful experiences, that I could imagine, forever, I would think, would become very difficult to tolerate after billions or zillions of years. Certainly sitting at the foot, or even at the right hand of God, has no appeal to me at all. Even the 72 virgins that the Muslim terrorists expect when they blow themselves up seems like pretty much a disappointment. If they were 72 well experienced women, then it might be okay for a while, but what on earth would a person do in eternity with 72 virgins?
No offense intended to any Muslims here other than the offense the idea innately has anyway. I do have a Muslim sister-in-law. Personally I feel the people who brain-wash those people before they kill themselves should suffer the most horrible hell, but kept alive for a very long time, here on earth. Of course, one could say the same for those in the free world who convince their young to go off to some godforsaken country half way around the world to possibly come home in a box, or perhaps a baggy, or missing various body parts but still hanging on to life. All of that has an element of evil to it.