TITLE: Trustless Angel
GENRE: YA Fiction (fantasy)
“Rest in Peace,” the phrase is simple enough, but do we really want rest after death?
People retire in old age, which could be considered resting after a tiring life. So is it assumed that we want to continue that in the next life?
A person’s working age includes forty to fifty years, up to seventy if you include childhood and school. So you spend less than a quarter of life in retirement.
But in many beliefs, souls are immortal.
“Resting” for eternity. Comparing eternity to seventy years…wouldn’t that be like working mere minutes before entering an endless vacation?
Doesn’t that sound lazy, even boring?
Even if you are led to paradise and allowed to do as you wish. People grow tired of any indulgence when given enough of it. If a sweet lover ate candy every day, hate would eventually replace their love of it. The same can be said of any activity.
Immortality also negates necessity. You wouldn’t have to eat to survive. No major obligations could come from other immortal souls, so why do today what you can do millennia from now?
People can feel achieved and satisfied through work, but work without obligation isn’t considered work.
Wait… so can immortal souls work?
The opposite of work is rest.
By wishing Rest in Peace, are we wishing for the departed to spend eternity repeating actions that have lost any sense of satisfaction?
Amber L’Vera couldn’t help but ponder this as she thought back on the last few days.