Earth is one tree in a forest of stars. Many Christians and non-Christians alike believe there is more to life than living under a single tree. An afterlife presents many intriguing possibilities. It is the big picture. It is the forest of life. Why do so many people focus on the one tree that will eventually go the way of other trees?
It seems to me the importance of formal religion, however you experience it, or the time spent reading Scriptures or other spiritual or thoughtful sources, is the confirmation of afterlife and the discussion of what it might be like.
This gives hope to the hopeless, comfort to the uncomforted, and direction to the wanderer. The conversation is meaningful to those who seek a greater answer than higher profits, lower taxes, and zero wars.
Whether you believe in this greater forest or not, participating in the discussions will no doubt bring a certain curiosity to your life, perhaps an energized curiosity to learn more. It should bring at the very least, a calmness of mind and body.
If on the other hand, the thought of an afterlife actually troubles you, then it may be all the more critical that you seek to find out why the forest people seem so happy.
If a tree falls in the woods, those who have successfully escaped its path may not hear it, but will not miss it, either.