I was thinking that since a baby is conscious for awhile before birth, maybe the memories from the alternate world of the womb could shape it's basic views later in life, thus creating a common denominator in human society. It seems that while in the womb, the fetus would experience a sense of being at one with itself and its environment, since every apparent need would be taken care of before it was even thouhgt of. the fetus would be in a world of no anxiety, fear or discomfort until it is born. I'm sure being born is one of the most terrifying things we all experience in our lives, and is one thing every person who has ever lived has experienced more or less similarly. Imagine this- being wrenched from your eden of no worries and perpetual calmness by a horrible pain and being pushed into a tight space, without ever having the concept of what you could have done to deserve PAIN, which you have no concept of. You also have no concept of deserving things. Then, a brilliant tunnel opens in front of, filled with pure white light. I'm sure a baby's first encounter with light would have profound effects on it that would last its entire life, unknowingly to us. Anyway, soon, a god-like figure looms in front of you, something you have never seen before. Then this titan, bathed in light, removes you from your eden. you have completed your journey from the womb to the land of the gods and are quite confused. you hace started to cry, for this world is undesirable and cruel compared to your home. It is cold, hard, and blinding. you hear things, see things, and smell things that are totally strabge. It would be like, for us, suddenly seeing colors out of the spectruma nd experiencing extremes of hot and cold we never knew existed. However, I am not concerned with the develpment of children. What interests me are the metaphors for the utopis world, the light, and the gods (the father, doctor or midwives). Do we, after all the pain of birth, subconsciously want to go back to that Eden;the utopia we have been expelled from? Is that the reason we so ardently believe in life after death and heaven and such? Is it simply a shared human trauma?Please Register or Log in to view the hidden image!