The Good Place Finale (No spoilers)

Finished the final season of “The Good Place” on Netflix.

They nailed it. Based on everything the angels have taught me in the past decades, the show pretty much got it right in the final episodes. I mean, as a novice philosopher, I thoroughly enjoyed the entire series. But the final episodes dipped its toes into my area of expertise, the afterlife. The real “good place.”

While there weren’t any archangels to speak of, Architect Michael notwithstanding, the show’s depiction of Heaven was pretty much on the nose, minus that dreadful every-party. Archangel Michael goes out of his way to keep us entertained in the afterlife, thus preventing mind-numbing boredom from taking root in Heaven.

But it wasn’t always so.

In the beginning, boredom was a huge problem in Heaven. Paradise may sound like a great place to spend forever, but we humans weren’t wired to spend an eternity there. An eternal state of perfection, it seemed, was never meant for us. We easily got bored, started stirring up drama and began seeking anything but paradise.

And that desire for a bit of chaos is why Helel (Lucifer) wanted us gone (see pinned). So to drive boredom away, we were sent into these dream worlds to indulge in as much drama as our little hearts could handle.

Then, when we returned to Heaven, it would be novel and new again. We would be able to better appreciate a world without strife and struggle.

And after a googolplex of lives and countless different experiences, when we’ve felt we’ve gotten everything we could possibly get out of our existence, we could return to the Creator. Or the Source. Or Nirvana. Or Nothing.

Our consciousness would dissolve, becoming a single thread, or a cluster, of particles within the fabric of the Universe. And then, eventually, we’d become part of a whole new soul. A blank journal ready for the first pen strokes of a new adventure. A whole new being ready for its new journey.

Hollywood rarely gets this stuff right. And by “right” I mean that it aligns with the teachings of the archangels. But understand that what’s “right” for me may not be right for you. Archangel Michael’s messages may not be for you. They may not be the right messages for the lesson you’re here to learn. This is why I always encourage my readers and followers to reach out, read other authors, study other works. Broaden your spiritual bubble and build a universe in which you can grow, evolve.

Like the character Chidi.

To loosely paraphrase the show, always strive to be a little bit better tomorrow than you are today.

All in all, I give “The Good Place” 4.5/5. I’m docking a half point for that shrimp vending machine. I hate that the white shrimp sauce was white chocolate and not creamy sweet coconut, but I guess Michael had to torment Eleanor somehow. I’m also docking an imaginary half point for housing the mind-bending Time-Knife in an IHOP. Everyone knows that its proper home would be The Waffle House. Florida native Jason Mendoza knows what’s up. Bortles! No, wait. Foles!

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