By Pete Smithies
The world's increasing population poses problems for the belief in reincarnation.
2 people (can be male or female)
1: Course I believe I shall come back.
2: What, you mean to an after school club?
1: No, come back. Not here - not today. I mean when I die.
2: When's that then?
1: How should I know.? But whenever it is I'm coming back.
2: Yeah, as a slug most likely. Watch out, it's already happening.
1: Don't mock.
2: I wasn't. There's very much about you that's slug-like in nature.
1: No seriously.. I mean, we have been here before.
2: Yeah, I know, we came in September and did another lesson.
1: No, in the world. In the world.
2: How do you mean?
1: Me and you. We've been re-incarcerated - we have had a previous existence.. on this planet.
2: Mmmmm - well, there is a slight problem there, old mate.
1: Yeah and what's that?
2: Let's put it this way. Do you happen to know how many people there are in the world?
1: How should I know. 1000? 1000 billion? 2? I don't know. I haven't been around much.
2: To put you out of your misery, I can tell you there's 6 billion.
2: And when Jesus was born there were about 2 billion.
1: Right. Is this getting us anywhere?
2: Stick with me. So in 2000 years the population of the world has grown by 52 billion.
2: So if we keep coming back, why isn't it still 2 billion?
1: I hadn't thought of that.
© Pete Smithies 1999
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