A large number of famous mathematicians and physicists were also well known philosophers. Initially, it might seem odd that people who specialize in a field that is highly analytical would venture into the realm of philosophy. Many people might think that philosophical thinking is impractical for someone specializing in mathematics or physics. As someone who has ventured deep into the world of mathematics, I can attest to why mathematicians and physicists are highly philosophical; their fields of study deal with the infrastructure of the living world around us. In order to succeed in their fields, they must constantly observe the world around them, they must ask questions that no one has dared ask before. In this post, I want to dive into an idea that I've pondered over recently. It deals with a belief system and I want to look at the validity of the belief and how it can be applied to our own lives.
One philosophical concept that I've always found intriguing is something that I'll call Universal Reincarnation. In a nutshell, this is the belief that every living being on Earth is a reincarnation of one being. According to this belief, at some point in the line of reincarnations, you could've experienced the life of your coworker, or the life of someone you passed along the street, or the life of one of your pets, or any of the animals out in the world, or you could even experience the life of our sun, or the millions upon millions of stars in the universe.
To many of my readers, this may seem like a far-fetched belief system to have, and I would probably agree. Experiencing the life of every single living organism in the entire universe would essentially put us in an endless cycle of lives. Therefore, one of the first issues that I found with this belief is the fact that we don't retain any memories from our past lives. In order for us to remember everything we've ever experienced, the neuron cells would need to be passed from organism to the next, which they are not.
So why would I address this if I don't think it's possible? I think this belief system has some very good lessons to teach us. Let's assume, as a hypothetical scenario, that this was the case and we have infinite lives via reincarnation, then whatever we do to others will eventually be experienced by us when we are living as that person. It takes the Golden Rule to a whole new level. This is a very practical lesson in the art of being selfless. By acknowledging that we could one day experience our own actions, it makes us wonder whether we would want to. The act of observing how others might react to a certain environment is exactly what an author does. We run scripts through our heads, documenting the surrounding world so that the reader can experience it as well.
When writing a novel, an author must experience the lives of all the characters in the book, not just the protagonist and antagonist.Every progression through the plot demands the author to dive into all the senses that the characters experience. We need to communicate what the characters see, hear, smell, taste, and feel. The author and the reader both reincarnate themselves as every character in the book, fully experiencing every life in the universe that is created within the pages. When writing a book, I'm able to give myself an infinite number of lives.