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Z7 - NUPTIALS

The Temple of Belial, venue for the joyous wedding of King and Queen Goldstaff.

On craggy rocks looming high over the city of Eniph stands the Temple of Belial with high walls cunningly wrought of black stone and ironwork. Batlements piled upon battlements crowned towers leaping skyward from the shoulder of lower towers until the great pile reached a pinnacle that was the dark aerie of the downfallen Demonstroke. Black smoke continually belched forth from the innards of the temple and on the lowest levels could still be seen many instruments of cruel torment devised by Belial himself.

But Belial was no more, and on this day his temple was festooned with many brightly-colored banners and flags to mark the wedding of Queen Victoria to King Bayard Goldstaff, formerly Baron Firegem, monarch of the restored Kingdom of Kurgan. Victoria descended from the air after fixing a banner that had broken loose, only to meet a puzzled glance from Bayard's mother Queen Firegem. Victoria could only say, "Your son, by marrying me, has dragged you into a very strange family Your Highness."

But the queen only congratulated both of them and welcomed Kurgan as a full-fledged monarchy like the four other kingdoms in the Land We Know.

A kingdom in name only, mother Bayard said with some trepidation. The freelords and lord advocates of the late Saiph League speak of forming a parliament and drafting a charter to limit the power of the throne.

It will go well, Yeshua said, for he was standing there also and had, in fact, united Victoria and Bayard in matrimony himself. The land where Lilith was born tried the same thing long ago with a very good result.

The people here put up a good front, Lord, Victoria said, But I believe a dark undercurrent remains. All hope of an afterlife is gone to them. What do the people have to look forward to now as they wax old?

Yeshua smiled and said, Suns are mortal and face death even as you and every living thing in this reality also will one day, Victoria. But we elohim have been thinking about it for a long time and we believe we have a satisfactory answer. Things which are verified exist. Things which are not verified, but are at least verifiable in principle, may exist. Things which are not verified may not exist. Things which are not verifiable, even in principle, can not exist. Do you accept all of these premises?

I do, Lord Yeshua, Victoria said.

The afterlife is consciousness after death. Consciousness is exclusively self-verifiable. No one else can verify your consciousness and you cannot verify anyone else's consciousness. Provisionally we can say that the afterlife may exist, because it is verifiable in principle by the person who is conscious of it, if it exists. But if the afterlife does not exist, this is not verifiable, even in principle, because consciousness is required to make the verification that consciousness does not exist. Since the truth value of the proposition "no afterlife exists" is not verifiable, even in principle, and the negation "the afterlife exists" is at least not excluded, then the afterlife must exist, by the rule if not non-A then A.

But Bayard was not convinced. He said, Replace your proposition of the afterlife with being reconstituted as an aquatic monkepotamus on the third planet orbiting Arcturus and your proof still holds, Lord Yeshua.

Not so, because one could send a starship to Arcturus III and interview that aquatic monkepotamus, so it is verifiable in principle. But the afterlife consists of a purely intellectual existence which is not publicly verifiable. My mother and I were wasting our time to set up an afterlife for humans who died on Earth or here in the Land. The Old One already made arrangements long ago, and it covered humans, nephilim, and elohim. But we never knew. Binah could not speak of it, Belial would not speak of it, and it is unwise to reveal more here, lest I foster apathy in the living.

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