Think of the Doctrines of Heaven and Hell as Bribery and Extortion. It makes sense, coming as they do from the priests of organized religion. It is a rule never mentioned: First came religion, then came theology. Religion's primary motivation is not serving its theology. Its theology is a tool it uses to keep itself going. That is religion's primary motivation. To keep itself going. Everything you hear from religion is designed to keep it going. And, more than that, to keep those in charge of religion going. It's another scam. That plays on the fundamental theme at the heart of life itself. We all need to find something to keep us going. The people at the driving force of religion keep themselves going by telling the people things that keep them going. The people who are self-directed, self-propelled, self-charging, self-motivating, self-correcting, self-aware, etc. are a rare find. Organic, internal, intrinsic, from the inside out, and the ground up, living finds itself in the category of unicorns and leprechauns. We hear about it, but we never see it. People talk about it, as I am doing now, but where do you go to witness it? To buy it? To possess it? And why would you? Or, if you want to be self-directing, why don't you just be self-directing? Why is that so hard? Why is it so difficult that nobody does it? What is it that keeps us going? What do you intend with your life? What do you mean by being alive? For what are you living? We are living to be comfortable, right? To be happy. To be content. To be alive. Why is that so hard? Why is it a problem to keep ourselves going? Any religion worth its keep ought to be able to offer an intrinsic, self-perpetuating, ground of life and being. But, then, that religion would be out of business like that (snaps fingers). And the economy would be dust and ashes.