Since the post on Riverworld, I've become fascinated with the concept of "Commodius vicus":
"Commodius vicus" refers to Giambattista Vico (1668-1744). Vico believed in a theory of cyclical history. He believed that the world was coming to the end of the last of three ages, these being the age of gods, the age of heroes, and the age of humans.
The age of gods, the age of heroes, and the age of humans.
There is a story repeating, in symbolic and fractal nature, over and over, in past ages and in our own, sometimes acted out in eons, or in centuries, decades, and as we approach the end of this Age, even days and hours. Our spirits sense this, which is why we're drawn to the stories, and to their interpreters.
I believe this is because our spirits were "literally" present in these previous ages, and played out roles in this (so-called) never ending story. That's why we sit through endless re-runs, and why Hollywood makes endless re-makes. We "identify" with the characters, over and over again. Damn right - you ARE a character. And your spirit is the actor.
You were a god, and then a hero, and now finally, a human. A descending scale, so to speak.
Why ARE we grand and immortal spirits experiencing this rather less than heavenly experience? Because a crime has been committed, and YOU my friend, are cast as the sleuth. There's a reason Agatha "Christi" was so popular - "Hercules" Poirot indeed. Watson, the game is afoot!
More to come, I'm on a roll.