posted on Mar, 20 2008 @ 09:28 AM
Do you perhaps propose that our consciousness was in existence before our birth in this physical world?
I have a hard time accepting theories of reincarnation for the following reason, and by reincarnation I mean rebirth of a certain essential spirit,
which in this case is being called consciousness. You claim that our consciousness, which may be a force whose activities take place in some dimension
independent of time and space, can exist past my physical death and be reborn in some future state stripped of those cognitive faculties associated
with my physical being, such as memory, experience, etc.
I don't really have a problem up to this point, but the problems begin to arise when we think of the being in this future state. Who, or what, is
that being. Is it still myself? What constitutes the self? The problem I have with reincarnation (not that this is what you are speaking of fifty) is
that 'I' have had previous lives, or I may have, but I cant remember them, no characteristics which I can attest to that previous identity are with
me now. I have zero relation to that past 'self'. So what does that mean to me? It seems as though the concept, or the terminology, of 'self'
becomes meaningless to the believer of reincarnation. For you may claim that you are the same entity, the same life-force, but what does that really
mean? It means nothing, it is an empty term for something that cannot be defined.
My concept of 'myself' includes the concept of my own identity, which has been formed through my life experiences, things that become part of my
memories and active consciousness. If there is some 'thing' which is a part of my consciousness from a previous life-force or being, it was not a
part of 'myself'. It was something different completely, even if we do share this elusive 'substance'.
This substance may, for example, merely be the atoms and ions, the energy trapped in the food-cycle of Earth that resonates into this life.
On the other hand, it is completely plausible that our 'consciousness', the only part of ourselves which in all likelihood does not exist in any
physical space as we know it, may continue to exist beyond the death of our physical bodies, along with all those faculties which are associated with
it, such as memory. On the other hand, there may be numerous cognitive capabilities, much like our 'consciousness' which do not exist in any