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Author Topic: Reincarnation and Past Lives  (Read 5384 times)
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« Reply #15: July 11, 2007, 07:29:32 pm »

Personally, some days I find oblivion comforting.  I really don't want to reincarnate.  Living once is full of quite enough crap.

Allow me to wholeheartedly agree with you.

Personally, I choose not to concern myself with reincarnation. Partly because there was a time in my life when I was a little too absorbed in making up fanciful speculations about who I may have been, and partly because our popular notions about reincarnation come from India, where the concept is inextricably tied up with the concept of karma, both of which are inextricably tied up with the politics of the caste system. (In other words, it's a really convenient way to justify social stratification.) That said, I have only had two instances, in dreams, of what may have been genuine recollections of past lives. I had both of these visions during childhood/adolescence, and they didn't make any sense until I learned a little more about history (the relevant eras/locales being WWII Japan and late 19th century France).

And that said, I'm not particularly excited about being born again at a later time. I think this lifetime is quite enough for me - there's too much to do, and I'm tired already, lol. I think we do our best when we live with the notion that this is our only chance to get it right. Somebody around this board has an awesome sig quote, which pretty much sums up how I feel about reincarnation: "Keep one foot in yesterday and another in tomorrow, and you'll piss all over today."

Thessaly: It's time to draw down the moon.
Foxglove: We did this. Or something like this. We had water and salt, not blood. We invoked the goddess in her aspect as the moon. We called down her power...
Thessaly: Did she answer you?
Foxglove: Well, it felt good at the time. Empowering.
Thessaly: Hmph.

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