Hello Mike, Aloka, Clw, all,
Mike, I agree. If life was not all that bad, then there wouldn't be that much reason to get out of it and of Buddha showing us how to do it.
If we all would be guaranteed an escape when this body would die, then it would not be necessary to practice - anyone would achieve parinibbāna anyway.
If one wanted to experience weird experiences, one wouldn't need Dhamma for that - legal and illegal ways could do it much quicker.
"Life is a struggle. Life will throw curveballs at you, it will humble you, it will attempt to break you down. And just when you think things are starting to look up, life will smack you back down with ruthless indifference..."