Rorschach Inkblot Test
Hermann Rorschach – 1921
It is positively false doctrine in that it confuses our ‘one life’ with the brief span of mortality.
Our comprehension of this life is that it is eternal life—that we are living in eternity today as much as we ever will live in eternity … Eternal life is to us the sum of pre-existence, present existence, and the continuation of life in immortality. George Albert Smith [“Mormon View of Life’s Mission,” June 27, 1908, Church section, 2]
In reality our mortal life is like a still-frame image taken from a full-length movie. A still image can never hope to adequately convey the message of the entire film. Yet, to continue the metaphor, one poorly-focused snapshot is often all we see of this life.
The Neal A. Maxwell talk that I recently cited taught that because of the veil that limits our perspective, “the tests we face [in life] are real” and mortality will be no cake-walk. Because of this limited perspective, the YOLO spirit it is incredibly useful to Satan. Satan uses YOLO to artfully persuade men that if they don’t seize the moment, it will pass forever and leave them unfulfilled and somehow cheated. It’s very effective, but remains untrue.There is nothing like the perspective that the gospel provides in illustrating the pointlessness of the YOLO spirt, and the futility of trying to experience eternal life by living in the moment.