"Tiger got to hunt
Bird got to fly
Man got to sit and wonder why, why, WHY?
Tiger got to sleep
Bird got to land
Man got to tell himself he understand."
Kurt Vonnugut's little jingle
Pre-Existence and Self-Creation
No one likes to be a victim, and with the universal
tendency of humans to be in denial, it is fashionable to ignore our
victimhood and concentrate on seeing the cup as half full. One paradigm
that rather directly denies our victimhood is to believe that we have
pre-existed this life as demigods. The premise is that we each
designed and created our lives here before we were born into our
physical bodies in this world. In so doing we
ultimately have no one to blame but ourselves for whatever evil comes at us in life.
After all, we have pre-approved it if not designed it!
Ostensibly, the purpose for doing this is to give
ourselves new experiences, experience drama, the battle between good and
evil. Maybe after we die and go back to our demi-godness, we will sit
around, compare notes and brag about how dramatic, colorful and/or excruciating our
experience in this life really was. Some arguments to refute this line
of thinking are:
1) I don't remember doing this.
2) I have no evidence of doing this.
3) Given that we are in a world where we MUST suffer some of the turmoil,
trauma, pain, and evil, this implies without other support that we have a definite and virulent masochistic streak
in our nature.
4) Given that we are in a world along with others, this implies that we
designed our lives together and failed to talk each other out of such
5) Given that we are in a world of about 7 billion people where that
number is increasing all the time, why the increase? Is it because the
game is so much fun that more and more demigods want to join in?
6) How is it better to be a victim of yourself than of someone else? If
someone else has purposely created us to be victims, maybe we can
eliminate them and move on, but how can you eliminate yourself?
There are no doubt other arguments, but I don't like to think
about it all that much. After suffering the pain and trauma that I have
already experienced in life, my final argument against this ideology is,
"I better find a way to kill or eliminate myself, before I do another damnfool thing
like that again!"
The bottom line is that this is just another "mystical"
system of belief, where "mystical" means an intellectual invention with no
foundational evidence or logic. Totally not intellectually responsible.