Thinking about what happens after death is tough for a lot of people. It brings back memories of loved ones that they’ve lost, and sends some into an existential crisis. The fact is that no one truly knows what lies beyond our own life, though many believe strongly in certain outcomes. It’s a question that has escaped even the most brilliant philosophers and scholars throughout history – until Samuel Murray got a hold of it.
Murray was admittedly stoned when he posed this thought to Facebook: “What if when we die the light at the end of the tunnel is the light to another hospital room, there we are born and the only reason you come out crying is because you remember everything from your past life and you’re crying at the fact that you died and lost everything, as you grow you start to forget your past life and focus on the life you have now, but patches of memory stay behind and that memory causes deja vu. Think ’bout that for a second..”
While sounding like a character from the Pineapple Express, Murray did strike a chord with people all over the world. At first glance, the theory seems rock solid – why else would babies be crying anyway, unless they were the reincarnated souls of people who had just passed. Alright, maybe not rock solid.
Facebook seemed to love it though; it’s has been shared over 124,000 times as of this writing and has over 100,000 likes. The comment section is ripe with high-level philosophical debate like this head-scratcher from Hayley Hind: “What if the life that flashes before your eyes is our brain uploading life info to a mothership?” What if indeed.
The biggest complaint lodged against Murray’s theory seems to be regarding the constant growth of the Earth’s population. Boogie Mobbin has an answer for that: “Or, the light is just life itself and you don’t necessarily come back as a human. Think about how many extinct species there are, where did their souls go?” Checkmate, contrarians.
Almost 30,000 comments have been made on the original post and with coverage of the theory spreading to news outlets (like this one), his page is being littered with congratulations.
It’s definitely better than the thought that nothing comes after this life. But if that’s true, why do kids have to re-learn everything, including getting through the night without wetting the bed. Can’t we keep maybe a few key pieces of information through our reincarnation?