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Originally posted by felonius
reply to post by NarcolepticBuddha
Damn shame we cant have this shown in schools.
whales and dolphins...let one half of the brain sleep at a time. In this way, the animal is never completely unconscious, but it still gets the rest it needs.
Originally posted by crzayfool
There are more creatures, races, species, plants and bacteria than ever before...
If there were 10 Original people on Earth and two of them reproduced... What had to die to give life to the new born?
If there were 10 Original people on Earth and one of them died but everyone else hated each-other and did not reproduce where is the soul whilst it's waiting to be reincarnated?
When a new child is born are they always a reincarnated soul?
I personally believe that reincarnation is just another form of human invented comfort to ease the fear of death
Originally posted by NarcolepticBuddha
That's true. But Earth may not be the only planet in the cosmos that can sustain life. This "recycling of souls" would have to stretch across all creation. I'd like to think that this answer just kind of blankets all questions about the number of souls and where they're coming from. But that'd be a little too convenient, I guess.
Hmm, I see what you're saying. 10 people, 10 souls inhabiting them..where does the 11th soul come from when someone reproduces? I can't really answer that. I would just think that maybe there are some souls that are waiting to inhabit new organisms? Perhaps there are more souls meandering about than organisms at any given time?
Perhaps that's what some of those afterlife destinations are all about: Heaven, Hell, Limbo, the Lokas. Maybe they're just like cosmic-spiritual waiting rooms.
Ahhh..see, this is where those moral and ethical dilemmas I mentioned in my first reply come into play. The highly criticized and seemingly oppressive caste systems of reincarnation-believing societies make a distinction between the 1st-timers and the 2nd born. It is believed that the achievers in life are reincarnated souls that have earned a great deal of merit through many incarnations. Reincarnation rationalizes and justifies the caste system in that kind of culture. To reject the caste system is almost a rejection of the reincarnation concept in general. It certainly would be a major change in any reincarnation-believing society.
I've heard this argument a lot, mostly by atheists. But my problem with this argument is that not everyone has a morbid outlook and fear of death. I have brushed shoulders with death on multiple occasions in my bout with cancer. Never once was I afraid or overcome with despair at the reality of my situation. I don't believe death is nihilistic; I do believe in some sort of afterlife...but this belief wasn't created out of fear or my inability to deal with death. I don't think this argument works for all cases.