There is a monastery in Romania (I’m not sure about the name, I think Voroneț) in which there is a painting of the Last Judgement. The thing is, the hell is close to being empty, which reflects a belief of the Romanian people that God is going to let pretty much everyone to get to heavens.
I just had a conversation with a cousin of mine. I was telling him that I like to watch cartoons, because there’s almost always a morale, you learn something from a cartoon, you gain knowledge. Also, the learning is direct, very clear, no complicated things to guess and interpret. To me, in cartoons, there is a clear delimitation between good and evil.
He told me, though, that he sees things differently – at a very shallow level, yes, good is good and evil is evil in cartoons. But, in reality, the “bad” characters are not so bad. Who is evil, the guy who tries to get Bugs Bunny, and fails, and is, at times, hurt by this, or Bugs Bunny, who has superior intelligence and makes fun of the poor hunter? It’s not clear, he claims, in cartoons, which is the good and which is the bad character.
To me, this image is heaven- like: everyone in the picture is already in heaven, and all they do is have some innocent fun. Jerry never gets to die, he just gets to have lots of fun with Tom. Tweety the canary is never going to be eaten, and, even though he teases Sylvester, at a level you know everything is going to be fine.
In cartoons, thing bounce, you can fly in air, you can get serious burns which heal immediately.
You’re, pretty much in heaven, and you decide you can still have some fun in there. There’s no actual catch.