I would like to present my argument that just the process of aging itself proves that we all reincarnate. We who are older never fail to be mystified by the way time accelerates faster and faster as one ages.
Biologists such as Rupert Sheldrake tell us that what we call instinct is not instinct at all, but memory. I have mentioned before in prior postings that in the Thomas Gospel, Christ intimates to us that a newly born child retains its prior ego for a few days until it establishes another ego in its new earthly environment. "The man old in days will not hesitate to ask a small child seven days old about the place of life, and he will live. For many of us who are first will become last, and they will become one and the same."
If this is true, all of us measure our time on earth in a circumlinear fashion, from death to death. Or, if we like, we can call it a single and conjoined birth-date coordinate as Christ himself said in the Thomas Gospel. "Have you discovered the end? For where the beginning is, there will the end be. Blessed is he who will take his place in the beginning; he will know the end and will not experience death."
These two sayings tell the truth about the eternity of individual awareness so directly and frankly, that a child can understand them. It is impossible to misinterpret them.
Small children perceive time as moving slowly, almost imperceptibly. This is what makes teenagers feel indestructible. Older people seem to be as ancient as the hills. Also, old age appears so remote that young people may not think it will ever happen to them. Feeling that death is remote, criminal types will not acknowledge the fundamental natural laws of cause and effect. I have always been convinced that the difference between criminals and non-criminals is that non-criminals have the ability, however small, to peer into the future. Criminals perceive present time and nothing more.
As people age, past memory remains fundamentally approximate, accompanying one throughout his life's journeys. We imagine that time is accelerating because old age becomes less and less remote. This is the reason why time appears to accelerate.
This acceleration can lead to only one possible conclusion. The organism remembers, through past experiences, that it must die someday. To know or remember this, one has surely experienced death before.
Gene D. Matlock