Jens Oliver Meiert

Several Lives

Post from August 20, 2015 (↻ December 11, 2016), filed under .

I have no doubt that we live several lives, in more than just this reality system. (I’ve already said so; no YOLO for us.)

I have no doubt for there’s an entirely different belief system, an entirely different thought framework, that supports this view. (I’ve already been vague before, and apart from Jane Roberts’ books there’s no single work, or other series of works, to point to).

Here, though, I hope once more that isolating a single idea works without requiring to discuss and challenge too many commonly held ideas and beliefs. (Belief systems are rather complex.) That isolated single idea is the one of multiple lives, as opposed to one life. The way I thought this could be interesting to portray was by means of a quick comparison.

  One Life Multiple Lives
Mindset Very serious; life is literally a matter of “life or death” Rather playful
Role Understanding Victim, powerless Actor, powerful
Adverse Conditions Must be fought at all cost Can be considered desired (without an excessive urge to judge and understand negative individual choices)
View of Time Limited, works against oneself Unlimited (possibly illusion), there’s “all of it in the world”
Goals in Life Get the most out of it; get the best deal Learn
Meaning of Life None Learn
Responsibility None, product of the environment Large, for likely choosing life circumstances and lessons in advance

This is no proof for anything in the scientific sense of the word—but we already know that the scientific method is inherently limited and that we’ve at no point in history understood everything (possibly not even much). So inviting science for a comment here is like asking a football enthusiast watching a game how it was like to score the 1–0, when he has and can never have an idea for he is confined to his particular side view (er—but I’ll just keep that metaphor).

The most interesting thing about the comparison is probably the increase in meaning and freedom. The multiple lives model gives us a look at life that is much friendlier than common “wisdom.” It actually makes sense, too, for it unites a great many fundamental experiences (like dreaming and out-of-body experiences) as well as elementary spiritual ideas (like reincarnation).

Running through these matters as some of you will be accustomed to seeing from me by now, I’d only want to add that I believe we all instinctively know that this one life here is not “it.” That consciousness (which may be in everything) is not just a “coincidence,” and that even with our physical container (one part of our existence in this reality) falling away that consciousness would not just cease to be. We are no coincidence. We have a purpose. We matter.

It’s understandable that we so very much long for proof here. Especially since even if we had evidence, this reality would still feel so overwhelmingly, exclusively real (there’s actually the idea that this reality is the perfect illusion so that we can really learn), and we’d still doubt any ideas about more lives to live. But nowhere has stood a sign saying, “everything can be proven,” nor “everything must be proven.” We make some very strict, and rather very limiting, assumptions about life. But we’ve talked about how the scientific method has boundaries, and constrains us more than anything in matters non-physical.

Instead of saying “someone’s life was saved,” shouldn’t it be “someone’s death was postponed”?

Figure: Next week in Explaining the World.

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Jens Oliver Meiert, photo of July 27, 2015.

Jens Oliver Meiert is an author, developer (O’Reilly, W3C, ex-Google), and philosopher. He experiments with art and adventure. Here on meiert.com he shares and generalizes and exaggerates some of his thoughts and experiences.

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