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I didn't read Meacham's article, but since we do not know with 100% certainty what "heaven" is, I think it is reasonable to hold both views in a sort of tension with each other.  Looking to the future can potentially cause a certain apathy in addressing the needs of the present, but it also provides a kind of hope.  But thinking that the kingdom of God is here and now (as I believe St. Terese of Lisieux did) is both a wonderful motivation to try to live it, as well as a blessing of all that exists.  This counters the despondency over the human condition that can occur from always looking to the future.  My experience as a life-long Christian is that it is enrichening to open myself to different possibilities rather than to adhere to one perspective, so I personally prefer the tension.  :)