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„Another thing, Socrates. I thought I recognized Epicurus too, though I have never met him. I realized that only after we left him and his face appeared in my memory superimposed on the face of another man. Now I know where I’ve seen him before. He’s a dead ringer for Hugh Hefner, the head of a network of playpens in my world. Was that Epicurus or Hugh?”
I was not surprised to receive another mysterious answer: „You assume it was one or the other. How do you know it was not both?”
„Do you mean reincarnation?”
„No, I would not now call it that. I was a wee bit off in my guesses back then. But not wholly off. I would call it reindoctrination.”
„What do you mean by that?”
„Do you remember, in your Bible, Jesus saying that John the Baptist was the prophet Elijah come back?”
„Yes.”
„But Jews (and Christians) don’t believe in reincarnation, do they?”
„No. So what does it mean, this ‘reindoctrination’?”
„Not one soul migrating into two different bodies, but one philosophy migrating into two different souls. As John the Baptist thought and taught and did what Elijah did, Hugh Hefner thinks and teaches and does what Epicurus did. The similar faces were mirrors of the similar souls.”
„But they lived thousands of years apart.”
„This is a philosophical story that we are in,” he explained, „and we will confront opposite philosophies at each fork of your road. These philosophies are bodied forth to your imagination in the form of philosophers both ancient and modern. Time and history do not matter now. The same philosophies, the same alternatives, the same choices that you confront in your world, we ancients had in ours.”
Just as they say, I thought: the more things change, the more they stay the same.

The Journey: A Spiritual Roadmap for Modern Pilgrims, by Peter Kreeft

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