It’s not like I believe in reincarnation. It’s not like I don’t.
Consider it as an exchange of energy from one state to another.
I recently heard this explanation:
Physically, you can identify the components/sources of matter appearing in the material world. For humans, we know sperm fertilizes egg to produce a baby in three seasons.
What cannot be determined is the source of that child’s temperament. Where did she get those particular aversions/attractions, skills/abilities, interests/instincts? People carry an energy, a way of being, that cannot be measured nor explained. Even twins created from the same biological sources will have their own subtle air about them. Where did this come from?
What happens to the body when a person dies is also understood physically. The organs no longer function; the skin is cold to touch, color drains. But where does their energy go? Physics tells us “energy cannot be created nor destroyed; only be converted from one form to another.”
So if we do not know where it comes from, nor do we know where it goes….
Like I said, it’s not like I believe in reincarnation, I just haven’t figured out an answer to this question yet…so it’s not like I don’t.
Energy can be transferred to anything though. Microbes, moths, ants, bacteria…every living thing is energy dancing in form. The odds of materializing as a human are miniscule. One last illustration:
Imagine a toad capable of living for 100,000 years that travels along the bottom of the ocean. He swims to the surface once per century to breathe air. Now imagine a log eternally floating on the surface of that same ocean. It is said that a human is created as often as that toad would bump his head on the log when he surfaces.
That is what we have: an impossible existence. Who you are, as you are, is a lucky happenstance in an unspeakably long causation of events that will continue unspeakably long after you die.
Take advantage now.