This weekend I was watching a show on Animal Planet that brought up the Megalodon. If you’re not familiar with Megalodon, here’s what you need to know: giant-ass prehistoric shark. Think a Great White is scary? A Great White would barely have time to wet itself before Megalodon ate him for a morning snack. Size estimates for Megalodon range from 50-60 feet in length. Check out this scale comparison from Wikipedia:
The purple is a Whale Shark and the green is a Great White. The little blue guy is you waving liking a goon before Megalodon inhaled you like a fly and didn’t even realize it.
OK, so where am I going with this? The show got me researching Megalodon and thinking back to when I was a kid and I was fascinated with sharks and dinosaurs. Now we’ve all seen the movies, and we kind of have an idea what dinosaurs and other ancient creatures were like, but wouldn’t it be amazing to really know? To be able to actually see these creatures, to know what really happened to the dinosaurs?
Going down this path, wouldn’t it be amazing to know all of the mysteries of the world? What species are out there that we don’t know about? What about all the species living deep in jungles and at the bottoms of the oceans – we know they exist, but what do they do all day?
And let’s get out of nature. Wouldn’t it be fascinating to know all of the other mysteries of the world? The statues on Easter Island. Who was Jack the Ripper? Is there life on other planets? Where did the Nazca Lines come from?
I spent some time thinking about this today, and I started to wonder if this kind of knowledge might be what heaven is like. Knowing everything about the world, history, the universe. What a gift that would be. Even though there would be no way to share the knowledge, you could still know.
But what about the bad stuff? So you get to know all of these great things. But with that, you’d have to have knowledge of all the bad stuff in history too, right? Genocides, murders, brutality. All of that stuff would be in your head too.
Maybe on another plane that wouldn’t bother you, it would all just be facts. Take the human emotion out of it, and all that bad stuff is just that: stuff. On another level, maybe there isn’t really a right or wrong, there are just facts.
This is all getting a bit more philosophical than I had intended, but here is my question: what do you think? If you had infinite knowledge, would that be a gift or a curse? Is that something you would know in heaven or in hell? Would the lack of human emotion change your view of that?
I don’t claim to have an answer on this, I was just thinking and wanted to see what everyone else out there thought. I’m looking forward to some interesting discussion in the comments!