Some of the things that make me happy; riding motorcycles stupidly fast, talking about bikes with friends, fixing up my bikes, drinking with my friends, golf, sailing, watching movies with the kids, lots of sex, thinking about sex with women I know and trying to make it happen.
Trouble with a heaven, is that quite a few of the things that make me 'me' can no longer happen. The thrill with bikes is that it can go terribly wrong and the fun is in making sure that doesn't happen, i.e. there's risk. In heaven, from what I've gathered, I can't hurt myself. With many of our activities, risk makes the fun.
Can I still drink a gallon of ale with friends, do stupid stuff, then laugh til I cry the next time I see them talking about stuff we did?
Fixing up my bikes; do I just wave a magic wand and my bike is customised the way I want it? Where's the fun in that? Where's the feeling of achievement in making seized brakes work or getting out that sheared screw?
Anyone experienced the thrill of an affair?! Yes, I know it's 'wrong'. But is this no longer possible?! How long could we spend with our partners? Thousand years? Million? There's going to be divorce and affairs unless what makes us 'us' is changed.
Can I still sail? Can the boat sink if I screw up? Can I be in danger?
Some of the best laughs I've had has been at other people's expense. Can we no longer do this? Are we banned from being deliciously bitchy sometimes?!
I'm sure my Mum would want me around a lot; but would I want to be around? I'd want my kids around, but they'd have their own things to do. One of us is going to be disappointed in our heaven.
There's a Playstation game where you can do anything; jump off buildings, fly, blow stuff up. Great fun. For an hour or so then it gets a bit boring.
Now I can guess some of the pro-heaven comments will be something like; "You cannot imagine the joys in heaven, you will not need this earthly stuff." But this Earthly stuff is what makes me 'me'.
It seems to me that if there were a heaven, our way of (after)life would change us so much we would no longer recognize ourselves.