I don’t know when or even why reincarnation was removed from the book, I’m not a book banging person. I ran into a couple on the trail who liked my quips so much that they thought maybe I might come to their weekly meeting. Sunday’s are not enough.
I love stories, but don’t work with fiction. I was raised on fiction. I believed every story I was told. And then I grew up. I tried my usual short lecture on belief, as in I love stories, but...and the then the male says his beliefs are fact because he taught engineering, and I said, “That explains it!” , and then the wife asked me where I thought Imwas going when I died.
I was doing my best to keep it light so I came right back smiling with,
“I’m coming back”
I’m a percentages guy. I have to make decisions with out a complete set of data all the time. I make lots of mistakes. I get a few right. I think I might need a lot more lifetimes to get life close to right. I like the idea of a fresh start, not that I can remember 2001 now, which I am trying to finish remembering so I can finish MAHI in forty six pages, three months late.
I like the odds. I like the odds that work strongly in favor of reincarnation. With enough dice rolls every number comes up sooner or later. The odds of waking up a rooster are good, if you have an infinite number of dice rolls to hit it once. I’m not going to be in hurry, or rolling the dice. Sooner or later I’ll be crowing at dawn, guaranteed.
I did not explain this to the couple who tried to recruit me, I asked them if they were happy and neither said yes. Apparently questioning my afterlife options is fine as fudge, but my simple inquiry turned them off totally.
I saw this on their faces, those two on the trail, and I felt uncomfortable for making them uncomfortable. I tried to recover the upbeat mood they presented moments earlier. I suggested we all enjoy the moment of crisp morning air in between showers, smiled, and went on my way.
I know I’m coming back. Maybe as a worm. I’ve saved a few on the trail recently. Fish food...that would be just, considering. Is there a statute of limitations for fish killing? Probably not.