Every once in a while you encounter something-- a story, a movie, maybe a song or a poem-- that so deeply touches you and resonates with you, and you
find to be so clever that you absolutely wish you had come up with it first (ironically, I guess that's an ego thing.) This, for me, was one of
Not just the concept, but the skillful execution with which Andy lays out an entire life/universe-view in just a couple short pages.
Aside from skillful execution, the story touches on ideas I had explored before encountering it. No, I don't think this is quite how the universe
works (though I don't find the idea highly implausible either-- I've heard worse.) I'm not even sure I believe in reincarnation. However, if
reincarnation is a real thing, I think this story might touch on one of its mechanisms. I don't think we would necessarily have to live every single
life in all of history to "get the point." That could easily be accomplished by ensuring that each soul was made to live through a particular list of
common "archetypal" sort of experiences, throughout their incarnations. For example-- every parent who has lost a child knows what that experience is
like and can fully empathize with others in that situation-- no real need to become
each and every one of those parents to "get it."
Who knows-- maybe it's even possible to "get it" on one trip through.
I've always felt that life was a learning experience. I have often gotten the sense that we learn a lot more about our lives upon death. You know how
many who have crossed the line and come back talk about re-living or reviewing their entire lives in just a moment that feels like an eternity? I've
long suspected that in that moment of review, we see things with a crystal clarity (including the perspectives of others) that we might have missed
the first time around.
I have long suspected that "hell" is what guys like Hitler get, in that moment
when they realize just how far off the path of goodness they
strayed, and finally realize the true impact of all their actions.
Of course, I could be wrong there. Just something I've speculated a lot about....
Originally posted by crazzydob
reply to post by gatorboi117
When I first read this story over a year ago on this thread I was like "YESS this will change my life".
It also left me with a overwhelming feeling of emotion. BUT now a year later I completely forgot about this story until I just bumped into it by
coincedence so I don't know about anyone else but this hasn't changed my life in the slightest, I wish it did though
You explained it yourself-- it's because you forgot about it. New knowledge or ideas are useless
if you don't integrate them
life. The idea expressed in this story does
have the power to change lives (as evidenced by some of the testimonials in this thread) IF
you keep it in mind and integrate it into your daily way of thinking.
edit on 9-7-2013 by iwilliam because: (no reason given)