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March 06, 2012

One Life to Live, Far East Style

And you thought America has problems with big government. Is there anything the Nanny State won't try to regulate?

In one of history’s more absurd acts of totalitarianism, China has banned Buddhist monks in Tibet from reincarnating without government permission. According to a statement issued by the State Administration for Religious Affairs, the law, which goes into effect next month and strictly stipulates the procedures by which one is to reincarnate, is "an important move to institutionalize management of reincarnation."

If the Chinese had the sense God gave a grapefruit, they'd slap a hefty tax on the afterlife. It would be amusing to watch them try to collect.

Posted by Cassandra at March 6, 2012 07:40 AM

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Seen it months if not years ago. It's the PRC's attempt to "delegitimize" the next Dalai Lama. After all, if the next one claims to be the current one reincarnate, and the current one did not receive permission (which he won't), then he CAN'T be the lawful Dalai Lama, right? Instead, they'll put up their own "legitimate" Lama.

Silly Communists.

Posted by: MikeD at March 6, 2012 10:38 AM

It's the PRC's attempt to "delegitimize" the next Dalai Lama.

Nah, it's none of that. It's the next logical step of their one child policy.

Alternatively, it's the PRC's implementation of a long...lived...soap: One Life to Live.

Eric Hines

Posted by: E Hines at March 6, 2012 11:25 AM

It's "an important move to institutionalize management of reincarnation." No more of this higgledy-piggledy approach: the afterlife is too important to be left to markets. We need certified experts to ensure that reincarnation opportunities are distributed fairly and scientifically. Predictably, some will claim that the benefits of the new system are illusory, but struggling families have a moral claim on the supernatural resources of those among us who have been doing pretty well for themselves.

Posted by: Texan99 at March 6, 2012 04:58 PM

Heh. I would love to see the Chinese send the 'reincarnation police' after the offenders. First of all, to what circle of Inferno would they go, or what would they come back as?

Beyond being a really stupid piece of legislation, this is a target-rich environment. I see whole operas on this...

Posted by: Carolyn at March 7, 2012 12:25 PM

I once worked with an insurance company on an inquiry from a wealthy person who was going to have his body frozen cryogenically at death. He wanted insurance that when he came back to life (when science was able to restore frozen bodies to life) that he would be wealthy once more. Of course, all of his current wealth would be dissipated on his death via his will. We didn't find the guy a solution he was willing to pay for.

Posted by: levi from queens at March 8, 2012 03:15 PM

So Glad you are back to writing again... Noticed one of your comments regarding Lex yesterday. Guess I have a bit of catching up to do.

Posted by: unkawill at March 8, 2012 04:14 PM

I didn't know you were back!!! I'm delighted!!! {{{Hugs}}}

Posted by: Leslie at March 8, 2012 10:59 PM