World Outlook Hermann asked me to comment on his theory of “rational weltanschauung” which he says means a rational look at our world that includes a spiritual world at a deeper level. (Hermann, please correct if I am misquoting you) As I understand, he proposes that “Souls” exist as part of our being and when a person dies, the soul travels to the spirit world to be born again to learn and grow and develop for eternity. Also that most people driven by the material world do not accept such beliefs because it cannot be proven on a scientific basis. Hermann should know that Christians believe in “Soul” but may not be in re-incarnation. Majority of the population believe in God in one form or another. Those who argue that God does not exist also believe in God privately. Practically all Hindus and Buddhists believe in re-incarnation of soul. Unfortunately, our technology is not advanced enough to prove soul or reincarnation at present. Since majority of the people on this planet believe in this, this is the world outlook of that majority and is taken into account in the daily life as such. If this is a part of Maslov’s hierarchy of needs, so be it. Those who doubt the existence of soul, say that where all these soul come from? Certainly not from past, because our population is growing. Then we have to create a soul or spirit world, then we have to cover our tracks saying the universe is full of souls and so on. There must be a simpler answer to all this. I am not totally convinced that soul exists but if it does, it could be that soul is like a branch program that is part of a greater program. That when the usefulness of the branch program ends, that program is assimilated by the large program to write a new program based on the information of the branch program. To proceed in this line of thinking, one has to assume that there exists a higher brain which has both physical and electrical characteristics (like Earth and its electrical activities). Whether we can identify such a higher brain from inside is like saying that your heart is aware of your brain and can communicate to reduce the cortisol level in the blood. It may not be a lost cause. If a branch program develops itself close to the level of the main program (through reincarnation) it is possible to be aware of the main program. Therefore, the bottom line is, if this outlook provides some value/benefit to your life and to the society, I say Go for it – after all billions of people still believe in a spirit world .