Saturday, November 13, 2010

"Daveeeeee, Davy Crockett..."


Phil Collins believes he is the reincarnation of someone who fought at the Alamo. It always strikes me that prominent believers in reincarnation always fancy themselves to have been famous characters or close to pivotal events in history.

They never claim to have been medieval dung-gatherers who never left their Lincolnshire village.

4 Comments:

Blogger Patricius said...

How are the mighty fallen!

1:23 PM  
Blogger Left-Footer said...

Wonderful - 'medieval dung-gatherers who never left their Lincolnshire village' - poetic, Chaucerian.

Reminds me of the Kipling story about the bank clerk who remembered a former life as a galley slave. I forget the title.

2:06 PM  
Blogger Paulinus said...

Patricius: "Buster" "One More Night"

mighty?

Left footer - thank you. More Blackadder than Chaucer. I will try to find the Kipling story.

11:27 PM  
Blogger Martin said...

Paulinus,

Sorry to be a bit late with this one, but today I came across a quote from Clive James on just this point, in his short essay 'All Stalkers Kill' -

"We've heard it from adepts pf the occult: from people whose current earthly existence is a mere episode in their miraculous ability to be born and re-born in all the most resplendent epochs of history. Frequently to be seen on television - in America they have their own cable channels - they tell us who they used to be. The lady with the bangles, the purple bouffant and the asymetrically lifted face used to be Mary, Queen of Scots. The man with the mascara and comb-over used to be Tutankhamun. He is one of the many practicising occult adepts who once held the rank of Pharaoh, supreme ruler of Upper and Lower Egypt. It is notable that none of them, during their ancient Egyptian incarnations, used to be the 157th slave from the left at the raising of the obelisk. What they used to have was a world in which their will was law, and that is what the stalkers now have: unrestricted individual significance."

And, yes, I did say Clive James.

11:45 PM  

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