Hmmm, yes good thread. Lot`s to talk about. And lot`s of good responses, imho that is. It seems like we are born somehow "knowing" that there is more
to life than, well, life! Could it be that somewhere in our subconscious resides the memories of those past lives, and possibly even the time spent in
between said lives? I think it defies all logic to believe that, when you die, everything, all your senses just shut down like a t.v. monitor. I read
an interview with Jaquin Phoenix (sp) and he supposedly believes in no afterlife.
I think it was family guy when meg becomes a christian after being inspired by kirk cameron on tv. During an arguement about religion with
brian, an athiest dog (not an insult he really is a dog, a canine, mans best friend. and yes, he talks. The show also features a talking baby.
Although, as i tried to explain to my shocked uncle(watch it you`ll understand), you can`t look at him as a baby. He`s not only fully mature, mentally
[although he doesn`t know about certain things that a baby wouldnt have experienced, like when he refers to sex and says some cute thing a little kid
would say who has no idea how it really works], he`s also got some fully developed sociopathic tendencies), meg asked something along the lines of,
"Well then what happens when we die?"
Brian responds "Well, meg, I would imagine it`s a lot like it was before you were born." I wasn`t sure how to process this(family guy made a nice
example to explain this, i thought. however it`s not the first time I have thought about this concept and watching the show didn`t result in some kind
of "epiphany" for me or anything like that, lol!) without dealing with the possibility that we have to have memories locked inside somewhere. And
that, in itself, is a bit of a stretch.
However, there are many accounts of people remembering past lives. Some might retort that, "oh yeah theres like 50 people out there who claim to
be King Tut so are you telling me that they`re all wrong except for one of them? They`re all kooks if you ask me."
Well we have to accept that, until we know for sure the truth about this, there are MANY possibilities which exist.The wisest thing I ever have
said and ever will say is,
"I admit that I know nothing."
One such possibility was brought up by a member recently and I have to admit I kind of liked this part of their post. The way he said it was
that we are made up of soul fragments. They are created on a "soul tree" of sorts, that branches out and the souls grow as leaves. This explains how
multiple people could have memories of being the same person in a past life. Because, according to this theory, after you die, some fragments of your
soul split and go on to become other people as the "tree" you are a part of grows to accomodate the human population. Perhaps some of your past lives
were as humans on other planets, or maybe even a different sentient species. The sentience of chimps and especially dolphins has been fiercely debated
for some time now. Some have gone as far to argue the sentience, or at least the consciousness, of matter... Sounds pretty out there to me. Matter
can`t have a life and a death... can it?!
Anyway, we won`t truelly know until we know. In the meantime we should keep our minds open to all possibilities. No matter how wierd it sounds.
After all, we don`t have to look very far in history to find a time when the world was flat and the sun revolved around it, rather than vise versa.
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