Re: Playing Devil's Advocate
We’re on the fence either way with some of us looking at it as more spiritual, while others being more psychological, but none of us fully being set on it one way or another.
1. If, tomorrow, it was conclusively proven that souls/past lives/etc. do *not* exist, how would this affect you?
It would certainly cause major upset and rethink plus challenge a lot of beliefs, but more on religious grounds (given so many of us are animists). However, as far as identity goes, it wouldn’t do much. We still would be stuck with the body image’s we do and species dysphoria as it is.
Those of us with past life memories would have to try to wonder where they came from and what they mean, where as now they can just be left a “eh, who knows either way, not that important, moving on…” However what they take from such memories or how they do effect them (Cavern-Risen’s phobias, Z’s way over the top pet peeve over driving while distracted, etc) would not just go way just because what explained why they felt that way aren’t real.
2. If, tomorrow, it was conclusive proven that souls/past lives/etc. *do* exist, how would this affect you?
“It would certainly cause major upset and rethink plus challenge a lot of beliefs, but more on religious grounds (given so many of us are animists). However, as far as identity goes, it wouldn’t do much.”
Here, especially though. I mean, just because “souls do exist” would not prove “spiritual can be the only way for otherkin to exist!” So, psychological otherkin wouldn't be gone either.
Not to mention it still doesn’t prove ever memory of past lives any given person has isn’t somehow fake. (Especially given false memories are a known and proven thing.) So really, it would leave some interesting things open, but that’s it. It would leave them open, not leave it all solved.