This is in response to the thread in today's TDG about various flavors of Deism and Theism. The common argument that no compassionate God would ever have allowed the 20th century's mass murders and all the rest of it is based on a false presumption or one that seems to be more and more false the more we learn about death and its lack of finality. Listening to all those cheerful reports of NDE'ers returning from a land of preternatural beauty and love implies that death is not some cruel happenstance or a banishment to darkness and oblivion. In a larger view death appears to be the place we are most comfortable with and being released from earth life a sort of mercy. It could be argued that a Theity deals in death as compassionately as it deals in life and that in fact the other side of life is just more life - maybe lots more life.