Buddha has spoken thus: ‘O Brethren, actions do exist, and also their consequences, but the person that acts does not. There is no one to cast away this set of elements, and no one to assume a new set of them. There exists no Individual, it is only a conventional name given to a set of elements.’
74,000 years ago Mount Toba, a volcano in South East Asia erupted in spectacular fashion, the biggest explosion in the last two million years. Because of its magnitude it is classed as a supervolcanic eruption.
The volcano spewed enough sulphur into the atmosphere to lower world temperatures by several degrees and enough molten rock to cover an area the size of Britain to a depth of 10 metres.
Over the next 40,000 years they were slowly driven out, probably by a combination of climate change and the effects of being out-competed for scarce food…
Homo sapiens outcompete another rival human, Neanderthals, who died out about 30,000 years ago as the Ice Age limited available food supplies. Climate change: http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=141750014898 “Even 100,000 years ago, we’ve still got several human species on Earth and that’s strange for us. We’re the only survivors of all of those great evolutionary experiments in how to be human,” homo floresiensis, also known as “Hobbits”, survived until around 12,000 years ago. And then they went, leaving us as the last human species on the planet. Events of recent 2500 years ago. Volcanos & humans: http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=332172859898
I can’t find a quote, but didn’t Jung say, if not exactly, that we are not our thoughts, but the observer observing our thoughts - the driver in the cockpit that is so hard to pin down. Perhaps a zombie could be described as a machine without the observer.If there is a tangible observer, perhaps it could exist without the machine, which would lend credibility to the theories of reincarnation and astral projection, or even floating off into heaven or hell. It does seem strange that we pop out of nowhere and disappear into nowhere. Nothing else does that.. I’ve heard that it happens in quantum physics but it’s not something most of us can observe happening. It seems more likely that we are a manifestation of something that was already here, and that the manifestation is brief. The consciousness may be millions of years old, or even eternal, which I imagine could get monotonous without having the benefit of forgetting everything after every life cycle.
~~ Michael Simon