Is the level of consciousness one has before one is conceived greater, less or equal to the level of consciousness one has after they die?
That would depend on there being an after-life, wouldn't it?
What one attained to in this life would follow them into their next - if there even is such a thing.
In a sense, there is a bridge between 'after one dies' and 'before one is conceived'...now unless there is more consciousness to be attained to while crossing that bridge, it would be the same, wouldn't it?
Those dead people would only recognize heaven if they had already experienced it while alive.
~ Carlos Ruiz Zafon
“One of the pitfalls of childhood is that one doesn't have to understand something to feel it. By the time the mind is able to comprehend what has happened, the wounds of the heart are already too deep.”
“But in good time you'll see that sometimes what matters isn't what one gives but what one gives up.”
A room without books ..is like a body without a soul.”
“I couldn't help thinking that if I, by pure chance, had found a whole universe in a single unknown book, buried in that endless necropolis, tens of thousands more would remain unexplored, forgotten forever. I felt myself surrounded by millions of abandoned pages, by worlds and souls without an owner sinking in an ocean of darkness, while the world that throbbed outside the library seemed to be losing its memory, day after day, unknowingly, feeling all the wiser the more it forgot.”