posted on Nov, 21 2013 @ 02:57 AM
I have a somewhat different view on transcendence and reincarnation than some, so I'm not sure how relevant my take on this will feel to everyone,
but here goes.
If the point of life is to transcend individual physical form and "be one with everything" then consideration of illusory suffering by illusory
individuals is probably besides the point. The point is probably that a transcendent thing- call it god, call it the eschaton, call it the one thing
to rule the all- whatever- is assembling itself into a whole out of separate parts, and the subjective experience of those parts before assembly
probably doesn't matter much, just as long as they are moved towards assembly- if suffering might bring enlightenment and/or pleasure might obscure
it, then stopping suffering might not be the answer.
Whatever the point of life is though, I suspect it will happen as a natural consequence. The world balances itself so that everything works with
everything doing exactly what they would naturally want to do. Imagine that you were a cow for a moment. As far as mushrooms are concerned you're
there to distribute and fertilize mushrooms. As far as humans are concerned you are there to turn grass into meat. As far as the soil is concerned
you're there to till. You do all kinds of stuff that is good for the whole of nature and supports whatever nature as a whole is here to do, and you
can't possibly fail at any of it- all you have to do is keep walking eating and pooping and you will be a good cow, but since its all in your nature
and not conscious, you could be doing fine and still agonize over every bug you step on and the fact that you sit in a pasture without much conscious
activity and just be sure there is no point in being a cow and the only reason to come back and be a cow again is so the rest of the herd won't get
lonely. Sure cows can hurt nature- they can strip the land bare- but they don't have to worry about that on a philosophical level- nature will kill
them before they kill it, so all they have to do is pursue their own survival and they can do no wrong.
The same goes for being human I think. The harm we do seems very real from our point of view but is probably either meaningless or even part of our
role in integrating the world into its all-transcendent future self. We are the part of nature with which nature looks at itself and consciously
manipulates itself- the eyes and hands of nature in a sense. We think we're just being selfish, but nature is playing us. We aren't polluting,
Nature invented us so we could speed up genetic development by taking it from random to directed, so we could make new minerals for nature to play
with like plastic, so we could collapse the entire universe into a singularity with a machine that didn't work the way we thought it would... who
knows. But we'll get the job done despite ourselves.
I doubt it has anything to do with what I want or choose- i'll probably be back until nature doesn't need me anymore, and I suppose there's no
reason not to embrace that as long as I'm assured that there's no good reason I can't do what I like and not worry.