I am pretty sure that "R.I.P." was originally an abbreviation for the Latin term "requiescat in pace", meaning "may he rest in peace". However, almost all
of the folks that I
associate with translate it as "rest in peace". Either way, the difference between the two isn't critical in this post. Yeah, I'm talking to you
The fact that the term R.I.P.
is so recognizable and "understood" is very interesting
If you are an atheist and you believe that before this "existence" you were never
conscious and after this "existence" you will never be conscious again
, "rest in peace" is an excellent phrase to put on your loved one's tombstone. To you, there is no greater rest than to be totally unconscious. To you, death
is the epitome of rest. While you exist, you might think that sleep
is the greatest form of rest. Perhaps it is
, to a living being. However, I have had some dreams where I was finding alot of money or I was engaging in something else that was exciting. When I woke up, I was disappointed. I have also had some horrifying
dreams, where I was being chased by a monster or something and I was totally relieved
when I woke up. So, sleep
, with the possibility of welcome or unwelcome chaos, is far
from the epitome of "rest".
If you are a Christian, I don't think that "rest" is the best way to describe your situation when you "die". In a reality of a Christian afterlife, I would say that "fun" or "eternal bliss" are way
better terms than simply "rest", when describing one's ultimate situation. I know that in Heaven you can "rest" or "relax" in a sense that you have no worries. But is the word "rest" the best
way to describe what the majority of Christians believe that existence in Heaven is like? I think not.
My whole reason for this post is the assumption that, since there have been more Christians than atheists in this world for a long time
, "R.I.P." has appeared on many
more tombstones of Christians than those of atheists. My
assumption is that when Christians allow the inscription "R.I.P." to be engraved on a loved-one's tombstone, the default-atheist-truth is being implied.