An 1870 engraving by Gustave Dore depicts the vision of the golden ladder, a scene from Dante's Paradiso. D. Walker/iStockphoto hide caption toggle caption D. Walker/iStockphoto Opinion 13.7: Cosmos And Culture What If Heaven Is Not For Real? January 20, 2015 The idea that we, as individuals, did not exist 1,000 years ago doesn't seem to worry us. So, why does the idea of not existing in the future freak us out so much? Adam Frank explores this notion.