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kilanta wrote:What would be the most plausible explanation according to the orthodox classical theravada to rising numbers of humans? It seems that the number of humans has been raising for quite a while, but lately, during last century or so, the growth has been exponential.
Maybe devas have, en masse, decided to descend from heavens and to born as humans? Or a few beehives full of bees have gained enough merit to be born as humans (we seem to have a mass extinction of bees going on in Europe)?
I'm not sure if it's correct, but I assume that in most cases, maybe even all cases, one stream of consciousness can "kickstart" only one at rebirth. Or to put it more precisely, one stream of consciousness never branches but always is one stream of consciousness until the final release. If that is in accord with the canon, then it could be assumed that the rising numbers of humans can't be attributed to streams of consciousness's branching (as one-into-many) at death/birth border.
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