Sythyry (sythyry) wrote,
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What Heaven Means To Me

The word "Heaven" is not a technical term of art; it means a variety of things. What does it mean to you?

A proper heaven is...

the place a god lives
3(9.4%)
a nice place created by a single god
1(3.1%)
a pleasant dwelling for the people that a god favors
17(53.1%)
a universe designed as well as its creator god can manage
6(18.8%)
a useful base of operations for a divinity
5(15.6%)

The inhabitants of a proper heaven are:

the spirits of the creator's favored people (after their death)
23(16.1%)
the servitors and angels of the creator god
28(19.6%)
some lucky (but otherwise unexceptional) people
17(11.9%)
innocents and naïves
12(8.4%)
mysterious beasts who will be used to satisfy prophecies
15(10.5%)
living
9(6.3%)
dead
16(11.2%)
undead
4(2.8%)
nobody yet, but the place is made for someone in the future
2(1.4%)
monospecific
4(2.8%)
polyspecific
13(9.1%)

Sex-play in a proper heaven is:

unnecessary and unavailable
1(3.2%)
reserved for heaven-dwellers in proper marriages, and conducted with absolute discretion
1(3.2%)
as available and socially-complicated as anywhere else
25(80.6%)
as casual and ordinary as a curtsey or handshake
4(12.9%)

Social structures in a proper heaven are

just like anywhere else
5(16.7%)
more democratic; there is no need for laboring classes, nor for nobility
9(30.0%)
strictly hierarchical, with everyone subject to the creator god
6(20.0%)
unnecessary and unavailable; a proper heaven is utterly egalitarian
10(33.3%)

Clothing in a proper heaven is

unnecessary and unavailable
1(3.1%)
the same simple-styled costume is worn by everyone
1(3.1%)
wildly baroque and individualized; each wears whatever he wishes, and there is no concept of ridiculous clothing
22(68.8%)
casual and comfortable
8(25.0%)

Work, in a proper heaven, is

unnecessary and unavailable
3(9.4%)
performed by mysterious unseen forces
4(12.5%)
performed by the residents of Heaven as necessary, to provide a contrast with times of recreation and joy
6(18.8%)
performed by the residents of Heaven, but is just as pleasant as the times of recreation and joy
19(59.4%)

Food in a proper heaven is

just like anywhere, only really well-made
10(31.2%)
a small menu of special dishes not available anywhere else (your "nectar and ambrosia" option)
1(3.1%)
unnecessary and unavailable; there is no hunger or thirst in a proper heaven
3(9.4%)
whatever you want, magically produced right when you want it
16(50.0%)
entirely vegetarian
2(6.2%)

Toilets in a proper heaven are

unnecessary and unavailable
13(43.3%)
just like anywhere, but magically kept clean
9(30.0%)
less offensive than elsewhere, for the waste products of heaven-dwellers are not vile
8(26.7%)
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