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Reincarnation, and Astrology
I: Blame It On Plato
the Western world, an afterlife belief in general reincarnation
has been steadily on the rise and gaining ground. Many assume
constantly growing belief in reincarnation is primarily based on
an Eastern religion influence.
This assumption is due, in part, to much of the Eastern world
having long adhered to a belief in reincarnation.
notwithstanding recurring allusions to the Eastern concept of
karma and reincarnation – our
extraverted Western attitude toward death and the afterlife typically
experiences great angst
and gnashing of teeth when encountering the Eastern concept of
the annihilation of the ego and/or individual personality after
the current Western World “rebirth” of belief in
reincarnation (pun intended) appears to owe as much
more) credit to the ancient classical Greeks and their fascinating
views on the afterlife and reincarnation.
particular, we owe many of our ideas to the musings and writings
of the ancient classical Greek philosopher Plato (428/427 BC – 348/347
Plato and The Republic
The fact is that we, in the Western world, feel much more at
home and comfortable with the metaphysical philosophies of the
ancient Greeks and especially with those of Plato.
of the best peeks into the cosmological views of Plato and reincarnation
is contained in the final chapter of The Republic and the "Myth
it or not, if you’re a Westerner that believes in
general reincarnation, then much of what Plato had to say on the
matter in The Republic will resonate as being more than a wee
oversimplifying, ancient classical Greek views of the afterlife
were generally a hazy amalgamation
of “heaven and hell” combined
with reincarnation. Keeping things simple, I’ll be sticking
with Plato’s stated views on reincarnation and leaving out
and hell” part.
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