There are a few golden rules in journalism. The first one is, “Never write in the first person.” The reason is obvious. As a reporter one is not supposed to be part of the story. If the news or story involves the reporter, someone else reports it. That same golden rule applies to reincarnation should it be proved. Let’s take a look at reporting first.
The closest any reporter should ever get to a first person account is in an interview where a reporter’s role is to ask questions in order to solicit comment from the person(s) being interviewed. Reporters are certainly known to lead those they interview in order to solicit comment regarding a situation the reporter is seeking information on. The interview of Richard Nixon by David Frost is a classic example of a reporter drilling down to the truth even though it was not in the best interest of the person being interviewed.
Reporters do comment on events though to do so without corroborating evidence is certainly presumptuous and opens the door to a barrage of criticism. The give and take between journalists can be entertaining but events being reported on can become lost in the obscurity of debate. President Obama’s birth certificate or lack thereof shows just how distorted a news story can become when the debate becomes more important than the event. Given all the possibilities, where Barack Obama was born was immaterial because his mother was an American citizen who had always lived in the United States. The law that would have prevented him from becoming one under the worst possible scenario was overturned after his birth which would have certainly led to a court challenge had anyone proved he was born in Kenya and not Hawaii. That part of the story was never reported on because the reporters and conspiracies were more important than the story.
Most eastern religions, theosophies, mysticism and spiritualists either believe in reincarnation or consider it a possibility. Christianity accepted reincarnation until it was decided there was a conflict between reincarnation and resurrection. Even suggesting there was a conflict was enough for the emerging faith to discount reincarnation to this day. Islam followed Christianity though there are holy passages in the Quran that suggest reincarnation is possible. Judaism strongly suggests reincarnation occurs though many who follow the faith are not comfortable with the concept. All western religions struggle with it because reincarnation contradicts judgment. If there is no judgment how do sinners get punished?
So what’s the connection to reporting? All the above belief systems focus on self and not the story. They represent reporting at its worst. The result is people cling to the past, interact poorly with the present and lend little thought to the future. Read any account of those who teach or seek spiritual, mystical or any form of enlightenment and the obsession with self is blatantly obvious. The fact is the story is seldom about self which is why the journalists among us never tell a story in the first person. This obsession with self is puzzling. Most of us would run into a burning building to save our children so self is not always important. Why do we allow our sense of self to override reason when it comes to matters of faith and spirituality? Trying to answer that question could fill a library but fortunately the focus here is solely on reincarnation.
If we evaluate the process of reincarnation as a species and try and stay away from the reincarnation of self, the concept definitely starts to make sense. Reincarnation requires an entity/spirit/soul to continue on after the physical death of our body. That combination of entity/body will never exist again unless there are parallel universes. The entity then combines with another physical body, bringing with it subliminal knowledge and suppressed memories of previous hosts. The judgment is we will all have to live with the consequences of our actions in past lives as we go forward. If we destroy the world’s climate, we have to live with it. If we establish a tyrannical world government we will all have to live with it. The result becomes we will learn from the past, seek knowledge and compassion in the present and focus on a better future for ourselves and others.
For the moment, memories of past lives are suppressed and rightfully so. The focus is the present, the goal is the future. As we evolve we may one day be capable of total recall and get an accurate portrayal of history but many forms of recall today are the result of trauma in a previous life or a current one. The only reason to focus on events of a spiritual nature is to seek understanding of the process. If a belief adds meaning it certainly has value but that value should never conflict with either seeking knowledge or learning new knowledge. As we progress through life we all need to try and be better reporters when it comes to subjects like politics, religion and spirituality.