The whole idea of flying around with wings, sitting on clouds wearing white robes, and playing harp all day for the rest of eternity has lost much appeal to the generation raised on Xbox. We need to repackage heaven so it will seem like a spiffy place to more recent generations as well. This may not be as easy a task as it sounds, though, as folks have become rather jaded over the years watching slick advertising on tv. The trick is to make the pitch using accessible examples that somehow relate to our own experience, yet not so outrageous as to stretch credulity.
I'll start with a few:
- sure you still have to work in heaven but most jobs don't start until 10 am and you rarely if ever have to fight traffic. You can work a full 8 hour day if you really enjoy the work, but most folks put in five hour days and most workplaces don't frown on RJ'ing come Fri afternoon (it's actually kind of expected)
- you can change jobs as often as you like in heaven and there's almost always a position available in the field you want to work in. If there isn't, you never have to wait more than three weeks for one to open up, and in the mean time you can work on your golf game (and the courses are excellent up in heaven too - oh did we mention you get a mulligan every other every hole no questions asked?)
- there are four seasons in heaven, however, winter only lasts eight weeks. There's no pollen allergies in spring, the temp never gets over 83 in summer and when the leaves change in the fall they stay on the trees for three solid months.
- the DMV is an efficient operation in heaven. The clerks are never surly, people don't jump line/go out of turn, and your wait is never more than 5 minutes.
- folks enjoy Halloween so much they have it twice a year and trick or treating is huge with grown ups. Sure you might still run into some houses that pass out black licorice, or those unappetizing peanut butter candies, but the good news is nothing rots your teeth - even if you don't brush.
- no golden wings, but the good news is bike lanes and sidewalks are everywhere and they're not just some narrow cracked asphalt strip hugging the shoulder of the road, they're as wide and as well maintained as the street surfaces themselves!