Just a kind of theory I’ve been working on.

Kristian (@lordcat) 9 years, 10 months ago

Lately I’ve been thinking about kindness/ reincarnation and some of the beliefs in Buddhism, beliefs such as there isn’t really a god or anything and even goes as far as to say there is no soul…but a "ocean" of karma which you must transcend (along those lines) to reach enlightenment.

But I’ve been thinking, what if the ONLY thing that can carry on eternally are our good deeds…Think of it this way, They say the more good deeds you do the better a person you become. You dislike more those you do bad deeds too and like more those you do good deeds too so one can try to only do good deeds.

Also people remember you by your good deeds so if you do a alot of good deeds for alot of people, alot of your good deeds will be known and spoken about and if you reach a critical mass of kindness to people you pretty much become a more immortal than your immortal soul.

So pretty much go out there and be kind/rewind and kick some ass gently and kindly =P

I’m going to meditate on this for a while as much as I need too and see where I can bring it, It still needs some more thought to be put into it.

But what do you think about it from what I have? I hope it makes sense, its approching 5 am and I’m going to sleep soon.

Constructive feedback is welcome.

March 15, 2012 at 4:34 am
Christine (15) (@tuneofspeech) 9 years, 10 months ago ago

Any time I think about how people remember each other, and how it is usually through good deeds, I think of the movie “The Final Cut” (2004) with Robin Williams. Granted, the movie is pretty awful, but that aside, the theories and mechanisms working behind it really caught my interest. In the film, most everyone has memory implants that are used to capture memories (literally) as seen by the person with the implant. Robin Williams plays Alan Hakman, a “cutter”, who takes these memories and sorts them into “categories” with the help of a machine – things like sleep, morning routines, eating, etc. (even categories of a more “intimate” nature) – it’s been a long while since I’ve seen the film, but what really struck me was how a “cutter” was expected to edit these memories and compile them into a “film” that would be shown during a funeral or wake. It was generally expected that the film would capture the “best” and most “good” (finally getting to your topic!) moments of the deceased person’s life. So what is “good” is the essential question here, and how it defines a person is simply fascinating. Is it actively participating in smaller good deeds (holding the door open for someone, complimenting a stranger, etc. – as well as regular volunteering) or is it the occasional “big” good deed (something that catches the notice of the local news, for example) that truly counts? Like you pretty much said, Kristian (as I can tell – it’s almost 2am here, and I’ve been up for a long time, so I’m getting tired myself), it’s probably better to achieve a balance between the two.

As concerning reincarnation, that’s a whole other topic I’d love to explore more (and obviously connected to doing good/bad deeds in the “current” life). I’m agnostic, but I have the sneaking suspicion that in a previous life I was a heavy cigar smoker (I’m an avid anti-smoker) and in another life a pilot in the middle of nowhere. I love talking about this sort of thing, so sorry if I completely babbled without making any contribution or any sense! :)

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mook (25) (@killopatra) 9 years, 10 months ago ago

You are not alone in entertaining this idea, kristian. It’s a wonderful one that I’ve thought a bit about…that immortality lies in the ripples we make in this ocean of energy.

The positive or negative or otherwise mediate consequences of our actions, on the sphere of existence surrounding us and perhaps specifically on those around us, are felt forever and eventually by all that exists, like a domino falling only because the first in line was moved….long after our names are forgotten, our discourse in life continues to reverberate.

A damn beautiful atheist immortality, huh? :)

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Christine (15) (@tuneofspeech) 9 years, 10 months ago ago

Thank you Paul for clearing that up. I totally agree. Especially with the Kony 2012 example … still not sure where I stand on trusting Invisible Children or not yet – it’s tough to make judgments in this time when the majority of people have access to and can manipulate social media and such – *not* that I’m saying I’m against the way the awareness of “Kony 2012” was spread. I just err on the side of caution is all …

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