This is an odd question, I know. I just wonder sometimes if my life is the way it is because of the kind of person I may of been in the past and maybe I have to deal with the conquenses of that now in the present. I know life is suppose to be hard and it's hard for everyone, but when you never seem to catch a break it's hard not to wonder if there's a cosmic reason for it or something.
So, do you believe in past lives? If you do, do you feel like you may be paying for your sins of the past in the present?
Most Helpful Guy
... no. i don't believe in past lives. there are a lot of people who claim that they've lived past lives and can remember them. ironically most of them tend to have been queens and kings and heroes. wishful thinking because no one is going to say "in my past life, i was a peasant who farmed day and night until my back broke, living a completely plebeian life until i died of a heart attack at 50."
i'm not saying i know anything about it. i'm saying i don't and i'm saying that people who claim to know don't either.
the human brain needs a "reason for it". that's why religion exists. that's why paradolia exists and people see things in clouds and the virgin mary on a piece of toast. because the human brain wants everything to make sense and have a reason. it also seeks out patterns compulsively. problem is the human brain is pretty retarded. if there's no obvious reason then it comes up with a couple possible ones then goes "yeah, that must be it."
there are no payments for sins other than what other people give. it's just random chaos: probability. read a story about a 14 year old girl a couple months ago who was walking in the woods and some guy on a motorcycle bashed her in the head with his helmet, then proceeded to violently rape her, then stomped her to death and left her naked body lying in the woods. you really think she deserved it because she committed a sin in her past life? that's much to convenient a delusion. a way to say "look, everything is balanced and fair. it's not that an innocent teenage girl got raped and beaten to death. it's that she was actually guilty in a past life."
life is pain and life is chaos.
as for never catching a break. there's a reason for that too. the same reason that someone who drives to work every day goes "traffic is ALWAYS so horrible!". well, probably not. it's because they only *pay attention* to the traffic when it's horrible. the same as a woman saying that a man "never leaves the seat down." while the man might claim that he "always leaves the toilet seat down." the man only remembers the times when he remembered to put the seat down and the woman only remembers the times where she had to put the seat down.
i'm sure you've caught a break or two. you just didn't focus on it as you do when you wish to catch a break but don't.
look up steven novella, a neurologist who gives lectures on how stupid the brain is and logical and critical thinking.0
Most Helpful Girl
I have often pondered the same thing. I've even seen instant karma happen to people. Sometimes in life I wonder what I did to deserve such great blessings while other times I ponder why I must endure some of the things I have. I like to think the score gets evened somehow, eventually, although it's all so mysterious.0