Assuming that I cannot interact with the world, being a ghost would be, essentially, hell on earth for me. No books, writing, or internet, and no ulterior option of socializing, and I would go completely insane.
Even if I had other ghosts to talk to, I'd go nuts.
However, if it is only living people that I cannot interact with, i'd be fine with that. Books have always been my best friends, and will be through death.
that's really poetic
“Death must be so beautiful. To lie in the soft brown earth, with the grasses waving above one's head, and listen to silence. To have no yesterday, and no to-morrow. To forget time, to forgive life, to be at peace.” Oscar Wilde
That's how I would like to imagine death.
I love that quote. I shall put it in my novel! :) DFTBA.
He says this - but after being stauch atheist for his whole life, he converted to catholicism on his death-bed....im not commenting on whether he was right or wrong, but clearly he wasnt quite sure about death jst before it enveloped him!
Well, I imagine being a ghost or spirit or whatever, would be an extremely lonely thing, even with other ghost-buddies to talk to. Being stuck in time, watching as the world evolved and all the people close to you changed and/or past away (if we assume they wouldn't become ghosts as well)... I could never do it. I love having the opportunity to change.
If I was not hit by a wave of post-ghostification-depression (totally made that one up) it probably wouldn't be so bad. Floating around and observing. I still think I would end up being bored to death (no pun intended) though.
This might be pretty lame, but I loved the way the afterlife was presented in The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold (or the movie if you prefer). It was basically an environment that changed into whatever you wanted it to be or what you needed at that moment, and needless to say, it was very appealing -- and really pretty.
As far as being a spirit wandering the earth (which is what you were asking), I think that would feel like a punishment. The idea of nothingness sounds better to me than the idea of being stuck here watching people live and being unable to do anything else.