Religion is a very touchy subject no matter where you talk about it. It shouldn't be, but it is. People get all sorts of butt hurt when you bring up one little falsifying comment about their beliefs and then the conversation all goes to hell from there. Thank jeebus this post isn't about religion. But rather, life.
No, this is much simpler than that bullshit (I think). I am referring to the way things are handled spiritually in Mario's cracked out, fungus filled, playground of a world as opposed to our own.
Now in real people world we all know, as a fact without going too deep into Hindu metaphysical beliefs, that when we die, that's it. We're done. Iced. If we go on a crazy quest on foot across 5 different climate types wearing nothing but overalls and a cap, and then fall into a pit, we're through! No retries! No last second wall jumps! It's all very morbid and depressing, but that's how it is.
In the land of goombas, koopas, buzzy beetles and plumbers, as long as you're rich and eat plenty of googly eyed mushrooms, you'll live forever! You can make any mistake you want, DIE, and then come back and pick up where you left off. It's really kind of odd to think about, like, if the same rules applied in real life.
It's like God, or whoever the hell you believe in, would have a freakin vending machine poised above you at all times ready to launch out your replacement clone several meters behind your cause of death. Could you imagine? Getting hit by a bus, re-birthing instantly, and then walking up the street a couple blocks to see your corpse splattered in the middle of 4th Ave? That'd totally blow my mind! Or wait... would the corpse vanish after re-spawn? I don't know, I haven't exactly put THAT much thought into it.
HA! And I guess you wouldn't be able to carry around more than 99 bucks in cash on you, it would disappear when you hit 100. I mean, that's one more death warranted to your life, but those good days at the coffee stands showing off your best cleavage would be all for naught when you count the tip jar to find 4 bucks and a mushroom. Is life really worth that much? I mean, it'd be nice to have a choice, but Mario didn't have one.
Still, if life were really like that, how would beliefs change? Would everyone be more thankful for the continuous chance to restart anew? When their family members die and come back? Would people even need to believe in a God? If they did, would they credit him/her for rebirth? Would several religions still pop up? How would continues work?
I guess if you really think about it, chaos would probably ensue, people killing people because there is no real consequence. Murder would be lesser important to theft. Business majors would live forever and become gods...etc.
It all gets me thinking about who ever came up with the lives system in video games. I mean, talk about another reach for the quest of immortality, or at least wishful thinking. however, I suppose both of those theories could be very wrong and the designer just didn't want his customers to have to start their scores at 0 every time they fucked up.
Just something to think about.
Thanks for reading
- The Capm
P.S. This blog's origins are Michael Keaton's Fault, damn Duplicity.