posted on Oct, 21 2012 @ 02:41 AM
reply to post by ascension211
I have a problem with some current theories about reincarnation. If we are eternal entities (which i do believe) why does our memory disappear upon
birth during the reincarnation process? One of the supposed advantages to being eternal is the vast wealth of knowledge that should be associated it.
From one body to the next should be knowledge built on top of knowledge, forever, but this does not seem to happen with us. Instead, we are born with
a completely clean slate. This is a rather odd occurrence for a supposed eternal being isn't it?
One way to explain this dilemma to myself is the idea that life is meant as an isolated experience separate from all the other lives that you had. The
idea is if that you were 'born' into a certain experience without any knowledge of anything else, you will live your life as true as possible to the
experience that you are having in that lifetime. Once your body dies, you pass into another existence where all previous knowledge is accessible to
you again until you are born into another body and the slate is wiped clean again for the next life. This is completely theoretical, obviously, but
this scenario is about as much sense I can make of our current status of what we call life. This explanation only makes sense IF you regain your
memories of your eternal existence after death, otherwise the whole thing makes no sense.
I don't like this explanation however. It just does not make sense to me that an eternal being would benefit from the loss of so much knowledge. If
we are eternal, then this means that our 'spirit' has been around for a very, very long time and would seem logical that an entity that has been
around for so long would know quite a bit of things. This would be incredibly useful for ourselves to retain this knowledge. Instead, we are born with
nothing in our minds and for the most part, act like children for the better part of our lives while we are always trying to learn things until we
Do you see the problem with my suggestion? My best solution to the dilemma has us struggling to learn how to tie our shoes for eternity. We will
forever struggle to learn to read and write. We will be starting from scratch with all lessons for eternity. So, I suggest that there must be an
alternative reality to the idea of reincarnation otherwise life could seem like a hellish chore if it's taken into account what forever means.
I am sure I have not seen things from all angles to come up with a better argument or point of view, but this dilemma with having a body and an
eternal spirit with our current understandings about each is confusing. I can't help but feel like the full picture is being withheld somehow.
Anyways, I hope my words and concepts were understandable, as I never really tried to relay this before, but the topic was intriguing to me.