I’ve implied in recent arguments that offer an apology for a belief in an afterlife paradise, that heaven makes more sense as an afterlife than as a life people ought to be born into.
I’ve since revised my view to state directly that the idea of heaven only makes sense as an afterlife – as a reward for those who’ve lived, or as a goal of life. Otherwise, we would live in a paradise for which we had no appreciation, in which we had no incentives and where little or nothing would come of our existence through culture or institutions.
It makes far more sense that we live on Earth as mortals where we’re compelled to survive, nurture, protect and help perpetuate and build upon the achievements of previous generations then pass on to an immortal afterlife without responsibilities.
Again, those aren’t my personal beliefs, but it’s the only way heaven makes sense.