Yeah. I mean, my problem with folks who believe in and practice the idea of reincarnation is that when they look at someone who is poor or starving, or someone with a terrible, painful sickness, or someone who suffers abuse, they get to explain away their inaction or lack of empathy by adhering to the idea that this suffering human being really screwed up in a previous life, and is getting what s/her deserves.
But if it really were true, it would be so much fun. George W would come back as an amoeba
, and I think that Dick Cheney would make a wonderful immortal jellyfish. I imagine I'd probably come back as a dolphin. Joy and play and a strong community. But karma would probably put me in semi-polluted waters, to get back at me for all the times in my life I was too lazy to follow recycling protocols.
Now I think that all of the folks who believe in the caste systems of South Asia (many of whom also believe in reincarnation) should be put into the untouchable category if they were a high caste and only moderately concerned about the welfare of others. A few generations as a cockroach for those really nasty high cast members.
Those responsible for the genocide against countless native American tribes? Have them come back as Thanksgiving turkeys. And not the free range ones. The ones raised in tiny spaces, born to be slaughtered.
Obama? Damn him. I think he has enough amazing qualities to come back as a human. But one who is destined to be maimed by a drone in his youth.
My childhood dog will come back as some sort of James Bondish super-spy - forever investigating and having adventures and being... ummm... promiscuous. Sweet Pepe. He sired a lot of puppies in the neighborhood when I was growing up. But the great love of his life was a German Shepard named Butch who lived across the street. I hope that they can be together in future lives.
Yeah. I vote for reincarnation and karma.
Had to google that immortal jellyfish...