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Does Reincarnation make sense to you?

Asked by lloydbird (8725points) June 30th, 2010

If so, why so?

If not, why not?

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zophu's avatar

Maybe it’s my inferiority complex, but I don’t understand people’s obsession with individual survival. If we don’t live for the whole of humanity, what do we live for? There is no natural reason why I or anyone must live forever, whether by sitting on clouds of pleasure, burning in fires of pain, or “coming back” as some other lifeform. I’ll live on through my actions’ effects on other people. And I don’t need to feel good about it when it’s happening for it to be a good thing.

You just have to be open to complexity to appreciate reality, you don’t have to understand it all—I wish people would stop trying to simplify the most beautiful things.

Aster's avatar

I was thinking about asking a question like that an hour ago.
I don’t think it can ever make sense, really. But there are many things that don’t make sense that still exist like dreams, mind over matter, an endless universe, seeing ghosts, memory and why sex is, well, you know. I have an open mind about it. I think we Could Have Been here before.

Dr_Lawrence's avatar

If there is something that is essentially “us” that transcends the physical body or “earth suit” as some call it, then it is possible that the essence or what some might call a “soul” may return to live in some other “earth suit” and may continue to do so until they have learned the important life lessons they may have failed to adequately grasp in previous lifetimes.

Is there an empirical evidence I can offer for such a theory? No, just some anecdotal experience about people whom I have met, who even at a tender age, seem to have insights and worldly knowledge that did not fit with their limited experience since they were born.

It certainly is a more optimistic world view than the opposite view that at death, all that was unique about a person ceases to exist, except in the memory of others.

Do I believe this? Perhaps I just refuse to reject it as a possibility. We know too little about such things to claim certainty about them.

ipso's avatar

It makes perfect sense to me: just like Christianity does.

Like so many other mind tricks we employ – the notion of reincarnation is used to trick ourselves into being nice to increase our chances of survival. It also allows us to approach what was, before Darwin, incomprehensible: the direct link between our historical relatives and future generations, and the fact that all life is related to varying degrees at the DNA level. It’s a surrogate working understanding, like one of Plato’s cave shadows.

Berserker's avatar

It makes sense to me in the sense that from what I can understand of the belief and what drives it, it spawns from human behaviour which depicts natural fears and desires, and the need to find hope or guidance in the face of adversity through delusion and conviction.

Your_Majesty's avatar

No,because it’s not a fact(just like hell and heaven). I prefer to live out of fantasy world like the miracle of afterlife. We would be decomposed like other animals.

Kraigmo's avatar

It makes total sense. I knew about the concept of reincarnation as a little kid before words were even introduced to me, just by thinking of it.

Johnny Cash’s song, Highwayman, describes it in the same way I think of it.

I’ll fly a starship across the Universe divide
And when I reach the other side
I’ll find a place to rest my spirit if I can
Perhaps I may become a highwayman again
Or I may simply be a single drop of rain
But I will remain
And I’ll be back again, and again and again and again and again

mattbrowne's avatar

Depends on whether consciousness is an illusion or not. And how it could be preserved. Some scientists believe in mind uploading reincarnation. Brand new robotic body. Fully equipped. No more Viagra.

OpryLeigh's avatar

I really don’t know if it makes sense to me or not but I can say that it makes more sense to me than complete nothingness when we die. Now, complete nothingness doesn’t bother me but, just like the idea of space having no beginning or end (if that is true) I just can’t get my head around it.

zophu's avatar

I think we’re missing something. Are you the same person you were when you were born? Beyond that, we are as much our environment as we are ourselves. You here and you over there are two different existences entirely. You in a world where something else exists and you in a world where that same something does not are two different existences entirely, whether you identify with that thing or not. You’re not even the same person you were before you began reading this sentence.

Most of you can’t even accept ego. Why then, do you think you attempt to accept immortality? You’re lost and there’s a fear in you too deep to recognize. Or I should say there’s a fear that’s created in who you are when you go too deep. Your thread’s too short isn’t it? We are denied so much of what could be our purpose in this world, aren’t we? They cut our threads down to stubs so they can contain us, they think that is their purpose. They are insane, without threads of their own; don’t let them make you into one of them.

Because you would see otherwise. You would already know you’re immortal if you were. Will nature forget you? Must you depend upon fantasy to save you? forever.

ItsAHabit's avatar

I don’t believe in it but it has more logic than most other religious ideas.

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