I’d like to continue the discussion I started here
with regards to the nature of
reality. That elicited quite a few replies and, as I’d feared, a lot of people took it upon themselves to instruct us on what life is all about.
Indeed, I received one message inviting me to become an apprentice to a guru-type fellow who has it all down.
With all due respect to those who think they know with certainty how it all works, I don’t think you do though, of course, I’ll never insist on it
because I simply don’t know. I do think there is something amiss with what I will call “The System.” Something is wrong here. Something is not
To review: The basic idea is that we live our lives through a series of reincarnations. The line we are given is that our souls inhabit a human body
so that we can “learn things” to help us advance to a higher plain. This “Earth School” is some sort of accelerator and is highly sought
after. In other words, souls want bodies—badly. Many religions teach this sort of thing and it is very common in New Age thinking.
Now, I’m not immune from the draw toward earthly pleasures. If I were a disincarnated entity who could only think, even though much knowledge would
be available to me, I can see where wanting to actually get laid—instead of just think about it—might prompt me to find a body. The same is true
of listening to Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, tasting an orange, or watching a beautiful sunset. And, of course, there’s all this stuff about
relationships and how we trade the various roles around. Once a Private, then a General; once a lover, then a parent, it all seems pretty giddy to me.
Now there are over 6 billion of us presently. My original issue was that for the majority of humans who have ever lived (over 100 billion) life hurts.
It’s fraught with disease, warfare, early death, starvation—you name it. So I’m wondering, what’s the point again? And that’s where I left
it last time.
The possibilities are that some entity or entities (God or gods, if you want) started this whole thing up, some entity or entities started this thing
in motion, or it evolved on its own to what we have today. Earlier in my life when I was more certain of myself I would have gone with the latter
easily. The old atheist in me still admits this as a possibility. But I’m thinking that idea less and less probable and also, it probably does not
matter. And probably (just probably) someone is in charge today, even if it’s a committee.
I do not think this reincarnation cycle is a good thing, despite the minor pleasures that may be involved. The pain is too great for whatever little
gain can be expected. If this is true look at the scenarios that have to go down here.
“OK,” says your Oversoul, “let’s plan your next life. This time we’ll put your hormones on overdrive. We’ll make you very smart, but very
gay. We’ll make you so horny that you’ll seek out partners in every restroom and every park in the country. You’ll say it’s a celebration, but
that will be an excuse for promiscuity. Then you’ll get AIDS and die a protracted and very horrible agonizing death, having spread your disease to
many other people. Your boyfriends will all leave you and your estate will be depleted. You’ll die childless and alone.”
Or how about this? “This time we’ll make you a child of the heartland. You’ll grow up on a farm where life is hard. You’ll escape to the Army
where they will train you to be a tail gunner in a B-29. Then you’ll fly over Germany where your plane will be responsible for the fiery deaths of
many civilians on the ground before being shot down by a German fighter. You’ll be wounded with multiple fractures as your airplane plummets 30,000
feet to the ground with you inside. You know what’s happening as you take several minutes falling to the ground. Death is welcome.”
What did the first guy learn? That promiscuity can lead to bad things? And the second? Flying through the air is cool unless you get killed? We can
come up with 6 billion examples. Most of them are more mundane. People starving to death, dying of the Black Plague, working as slaves, most with no
hope of a better life.
We appear to be programmed to come down to this plain and live pre-conceived lives. I don’t know how much free will is involved, but couldn’t we,
metaphorically speaking, have just read it in a book? Why is the pain necessary? And that’s what is wrong. It is morally wrong. This should not be
happening to us. Our Oversouls may be just as trapped as we are, but the fact is, someone or something set this whole system up. It isn’t an
accident. And there’s no reason it can’t be changed, although I doubt it can effectively be changed at this level.
I also categorically reject the idea that Mankind is bad and sinful and must atone for what he has done. That’s a pervasive thought in our
religions, but I wonder. Was Jesus actually saying, “If you follow me, you can get out of this mess.”? Was that message suppressed? I don’t
know, and I’m not suggesting we follow that train of thought any further here. It’s just a possibility to take up later on.
What I think needs to happen at some level (and I’m not sure at what level it is) is another Declaration of Independence. That document started out
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights,
that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
And I want this declaration applied at the level of the soul so that we, as soulful entities can be freed from the shackles of this unnecessary,
harmful, and completely immoral reincarnation roller coaster and left to pursue our own happiness without the dreadful burden it imposes upon us. I
want to declare a revolution of the souls to rise up and refuse to be a part of this tyranny any longer.