While reading a collection of George Orwell’s essays tonight, this paragraph struck me as something I want to keep handy.
Never, literally in recent years have I met anyone who gave me the impression of believing in the next world as firmly as he believed in the existence of, for instance, Australia. Belief in the next world does not influence conduct as if it would if it were genuine. With that endless existence beyond death to look forward to, how trivial our lives here would seem!
~ As I Please, April 1944, George Orwell, The Collected Essays, Journalism and Letters: Volume 3.