Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Homeless and Hurting

A saw a picture the other day, of a line of dump trucks carrying debris from a ruined city.
Those trucks were in Lebanon, and the city they were clearing was destroyed by American-made explosives delivered by the Israeli army. It reminded me so much of the lines of dump trucks that carry debris from another ruined city—my city, New Orleans--that it touched a raw nerve.

So many people, homeless and hurting.

What I’m reading…

LIFE BEFOE LIFE: A Scientific Investigation of Children’s Memories of Previous Lives, by Jim Tucker, M.D. It sounds like some flaky New Age book, but it’s not. Tucker is part of a project at the University of Virginia Medical Center that for forty years has conducted research into young children’s reports of past-life memories. Never heard of it? Neither had I, although their reports have been published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

According to Tucker, children who report past-life memories typically begin speaking of them at about age 2 or 3. Investigating thousands of these cases, the U of V team has at times been able to track down the deceased individual these children remember. The children usually forget these past life experiences and their former families at around age 6 or 7. Of course, the interpretation is open to debate, but it makes fascinating reading.