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Ah, I asked this question of my favourite barman when I was back home in Ireland. He looked at me then said "Sir, you need a drink though I see you're in a philosophical mood today so you'd better have 'a drop of the crather' too.) He was right. |
Me and my mate, Macker, took our drinks and went and sat down. We had some sandwiches which we began eating but the barman came over and told us that we weren't allowed to eat our own food in the pub. Macker gave me his sandwiches and I gave him mine and we continued eating. The barman laughed and said that he'd join us when he took his break which he did just a few minutes later.
He explained that, after death, there is no time but it lasts for all infinity. 'How can something last for ever if it doesn't exist?', we asked. He said that everyone knows that the universe is expanding and many people ask what is it expanding in to? The barman said that there was nothing outside the universe and it was expanding into it. Simple? So we asked what he meant by nothing and he gave us an easy example so that we could understand. He said "You know that time when you're sitting watching TV and your girlfriend asks what you're thinking and you say 'Nothing'? Well, that's a positive nothing, it's the same as what the universe is expanding into."
Macker and me were getting the hang of it so we had another drink and a wee drop of the crather too. The penny dropped after the third, or maybe it was the fourth, drink. Says I "The nothing that a man is thinking when the girlfriend asks is as positive as the nothing the universe is expanding into. It's there but it doesn't exist. It's the same with time after death, it's there but it doesn't exist and will last for ever. Am I right?"
"I'm sorry, sir," says the barman. "It's Friday. I don't do philosophy on Fridays." Saying that, he stood up and went back behind the bar.
Very wise, that barman.