I suppose I am still missing a crucial fact that will inevitably sway me toward an acceptance of reincarnation.
Having said that, here are more things that bother me about that theory.
One argument in favor is that people seem to be inequitably blessed or cursed in life. Some people (I include myself in this category) seem to have many factors aligned in their favor (health, family, talents, opportunity, etc.), while others suffer tremendously at every turn. Reincarnation supposes that those with bad luck somehow earned it by their actions in a prior life, and those with good fortune are being rewarded.
To me, this seems even more unfair than being born under poor circumstances by chance.
I think reincarnation is a way-too-human-centric theory to even be plausible. Most supporters insist that we come back as humans to learn the lessons we didn’t learn the first time around. This is also unfair because the game changes the next time around! How are we to win the race when we are given a new, unfamiliar vehicle to drive each time?
I don’t think the universe exists to systematically teach its parts to recognize the whole. Honestly I have no idea why this ever-expanding and collapsing system exists at all, much less why it has the patience to tolerate millions of years of evolving life-forms.
I am grateful for my experience as a human. It is, from my experience, one of endless introspection, thousands and thousands of days lived in relative comfort, leisure, and appreciation for the vast intricacy of the various levels and forms of energy which I am allowed to observe, sense, and experience. In essence, I am always in awe of my self and my surroundings!
Live your life with your heart and eyes wide open. I believe it is a once-in-an eternity opportunity.
Great theory. I’m not a big fan on reincarnation at all because of the thought of losing memories, relationships, identities, and new age thinkers thinking my partner will be my dad in a next life O.o
Anyways, the only reason I wonder if it is true because people claim they remember lives..
What about those that die really young? They haven’t got a chance to live so if there is a heaven do they have any desire to want this human experience?
please let me know. I hope reincarnation isn’t true though, it just sounds messy and confusing imo.
Thanks for your thoughts! I do think it is possible to remember past lives, but this is why: if you are composed of particles that are constantly vibrating, changing, and being fed energy from the sun, then your “memories” are nothing more than the exaggerated ability we all have to use our right brain/commissive hemisphere function to access information. You don’t remember past lives because you lived them, you remember them because your cells are made up of energy from the sun and that energy is the same energy in all of us. So you can access not just one past life but all past and future lives of humans and non-humans alike.
Similarly, if someone dies young, what is it that dies? Their organic molecules that rely on energy from the sun to sustain themselves. But the energy never dies :-)
Hope that helps!