I am fascinated by the fact that people used to live in the world where we live now. Where I now drive over tarmac (that didn’t used to be there – when did that appear?) in centuries past used to be dust trails.
The world I see now is the only world I know, but the world used to be different for a lot of people who are no longer here. Those people who lived before electricity, or decent glazing. What kind of life did they lead?
I’m never going to have the chance to have experienced life in the Renaissance, nor have had chance to have been involved in a great (but tragic) historical event. This probably means I’ve never lived before.
There is little chance I am the reincarnated soul of a past person, even though I went through a phase where I could have been convinced I used to be Edward VI.
There are numerous cases of Anne Boleyn reappearing as a housewife in Lancashire, but not the return of someone who lived in the Amazon circa 460 BC. I find it strange that only famous people or those from a European background get to come back again.
This is despite Western theology not having a strong theme of coming back again. Those faiths that do have a belief in reincarnation have a system by where you get to go up and down the species ladder based on the previous season’s performance.
But I believe in the US system, where life is a closed shop with no promotion or relegation, and the best you can hope for is that you’ll get a good draft pick.
I wouldn’t want to have lived before, even with my curiosity in the past. All I would remember is how terrible it was, the past is not some amazing time of halcyon moments and joy. It was a pretty terrible time (just as today will be seen as not as good as the future).
Reincarnation: do you believe in it?
Source: Karma Chameleon