I’m not a student of theology or eastern mysticism. I don’t meditate, and am philosophically, a Catholic. But I do believe in reincarnation.
Why? I see it all around me.
One of my favorite lines is from the movie, Gladiator where Russel Crowe, motivating his troops says, “The things we do in life echo through eternity.”
We are not as smart as we fantasize. In fact, real intelligence is very rare. In the USA, 44% of whites, 17% of blacks and Hispanics, and 4% of native Americans take the SAT. Of that group, whites on average score a 1,118, blacks, Hispanics and Native Americans, 940. 1,050 is considered reading and writing at a 12th grade level. Our educations systems are,, at best average. Our minority education systems are a total disaster.
How this manifests in University enrollments tells the story. The vast majority, about 90%, of universities are “average” from an SAT standpoint. The top 10, including the Ivy league have average SAT scores 300-400 points higher than average.
It’s true that any college can teach, but if you think kids with 1,500’s on the SAT are getting the same educations as those with 1,000’s, you’re delusional.
The problem is, the top 10 colleges are tiny. In a nation of 21 million university students, there are about 50 thousand undergraduates in the top 10 colleges. The number of high SAT kids in US universities is about 1%.
Of course, it’s true that on an individual basis, SAT’s don’t matter, but on average, they are all that matter. The correlations between IQ, SAT and understanding are pretty well documented. Top colleges calculate the odds of graduating from their colleges based on SAT,
My IQ was okay as a kid, but not anywhere near high enough to get a physics degree at a university. I struggle mightily with foreign languages and after a few coffee’s my brain goes like a duck’s ass in the wind storm. Sorry mom, but that’s the fact.
My degree was in geology, which is right where I should have been based on my IQ and SAT. My high school guidance counselor was a rare bird. A natural science degree usually correlates to an IQ of 125. Eerie how that works.
But here’s the rub. THE VAST MAJORITY OF THE WORLD DOES NOT BELIEVE THIS.
People may know “things” but they don’t know their nature. What does this have to do with reincarnation?
Contrary to what people egotistically believe, the mind isn’t the most extraordinary and complicated thing on earth, for the simple reason that it doesn’t exist. There’s no such thing as a mind. The body is hardwired together, every cell, muscle and organ. The heart has as many neurons as the brain.
The brain ‘s function is to adapt to environments. Want to change? Move.
What reincarnation is, is the body adapting to the same environment over and over. You might ask, “Do you mean if I wear a civil war uniform, I’ll relive the civil war?’ No, but if you wear a civil war uniform, leave an 17-year-old wife home, get dysentery, freeze nearly to death, get shot at and have a leg amputated with a saw and no anesthetic, absolutely.
What does this have to do with intelligence?
Simple, it turns the world into a giant reality show. WE may not know the nature of things, but you can bet your ass the smart people do. Those perfect SAT scores? They dig and dig until they figure it out. And when they do, they don’t necessarily do nice things with the knowledge. That chemist in the Dorito’s factory doesn’t give a shit how fat your ass gets.
Reincarnation is nothing other than the body-mind adapting to the same environment over and over. If I cut your leg off with a rusty saw, you’ll feel the exact same pain a poor Irish kid that couldn’t afford an exemption from the civil war felt. If you have sex with Jennifer Aniston, you’ll feel just like Brad Pitt did. This “reincarnation” of feelings in fact, is why we have the Betty Ford clinic.
The CIA, FBI and NSA have been fermenting problems in the US since it was run by J. Edgar Hoover.
They’ve run their operation through Ford Foundation grants through Harvard and MIT for 60 years. (Those pesky high SAT scores again.) People think that it’s a coincidence that Bush and Obama both went there.
This is not to criticize them. If we used “the people” to run country, we’d probably be like Venezuela. But it’s important to know not just that you’re being played, but how.
(A Good article on how the mind plays tricks can be found here. It helps explain how reincarnation became a religion, practiced by even early Christians.)
If there is no mind only brain, and we inherit, genetically, the traits of our relatives, how can we do anything but relive their lives? The richest, safest province in Brazil is Santa Catalina, where Tom Brady’s wife is from. It was settled in the 1800’s by ethnic Germans. It has Brazil’s lowest crime rate, highest per capita GDP, and is the most industrialized province in south America. The richest island in the Antilles is Trinidad, settled by ethnic Indians. You may not like that fact, and may hate even thinking it, but there it is.
What we do in life, echo’s through eternity. The same is true of our great grandparents. Reincarnation is obvious. You may not believe it, but the smart people do. The difference between believing in reincarnation between the smart guys and the other 99% is that the 1% doesn’t think it’s mystical. They don’t aren’t following a swami. They have degrees in cognitive science and work for major corporations jerking your chain.
Author’s note: I am not political, and do not vote. I have no interest in arguing. I believe civility, though difficult to maintain, is a virtue and the lack a sin. We all sin, but let’s agree to keep it to a minimum.