Wednesday, April 25, 2012

But There's a Tugging at My Sleeve

Choo-Choo-Choose and Defend Wednesday is here! This week I am going to ask you to think about the possibility of reincarnation. I haven't formulated any personal beliefs about the concept, in general, but what if it happened? And what if you had a little bit of a choice?  And what if these were your choices?

After death, you may choose to....

Live Your Own Life Over Again
OR

Take A Chance With Something New and Unknown


What says you? Choose...and please...Defend!  And have a happy Wednesday.

7 comments:

Tara said...

I'd like to live my life over again and see what happens if I do things differently and learn from the mistakes I made this time around. I wouldn't change too many things, but just a few that still make me cringe when I think about them now.

jamesostafford.com said...

Conceptually (at least in Buddhist thought) reincarnation is about fixing things you didn't get quite right the last time. Make huge mistakes, go back five spaces. Make little mistakes, build on what you learned from the last life. And inevitably you get it all right, become a buddha, and don't have to keep recycling.

I like that idea. In essence it makes both of your choices correct. I'm always coming back as me, but I'm coming back as a me working through things I didn't quite get right the last time. I might come back as a woman, perhaps, if I had sexist tendencies; I might come back as a person of color if I was bigoted; I might come back as a human being if I was Rush Limbaugh.

But in the spirit of "choose and defend" I will say "someone else" because I've worn this suit of clothes long enough.

Secret Agent Woman said...

Well, what do you mean something new and unknown? Like take a chance on an afterlife? Assuming it's a good thing, I'd take that. But if my choice were between nothingness (which I actually believe is most likely) and another life, I think I'd give another life a shot. But on the condition that I can bring what I know now with me. Because I would definitely need to know that I was going to make it through my childhood and everything would be okay once I was out of it.

Churlita said...

I don't know. I think I'd take my chances. The first part of my life was so hard and I don't know if I could live it all over again.

laura b. said...

Tara: I do like the thought of being able to 'get it right'...sort of Groundhog Day style :) One for Over Again.

James: I find the Buddhist concept of reincarnation fascinating. From day to day I have different feelings about where I might be on that ladder.
Thank you for giving in to the spirit of Choose and Defend. I appreciate it. One for Take a Chance.

Secret: Well, I was thinking of another life in either case. Your own, to try again...or some thing new to try out. It does only seem fair that we should get some knowledge to take on with us, I agree. Two for Over Again.

Churlita: You got many lessons out of that hard first part...it does seem unfair to ask you to live that again! Two for Take a Chance.

Everyone: Not a big response this time. Possibly the way I worded this was vague enough to be irritating :) But, it is interesting to see what people brought to the question. And right now we have a tie of 2-2! Anyone else who wants to bring their thoughts to the table, step right up!

BrightenedBoy said...

I suppose that would depend on whether or not I could come back being conscious of what I'd learned the first time around.

If I were cognizant of the fact that I was reincarnated and could import my knowledge with me then I would relive my own life without question.

Otherwise I'd take a chance with something new; not to wallow in self-pity, but I was kind of born into a lot of serious problems.

Chances are I'd wind up in a better situation if I came back as someone else.

laura b. said...

BB: So, if you knew then what you know now, you'd be you again? Yet even with that, you might be better off as someone else...Yeah, that is a very good defense for both options!