imagine somebody who’s immortal having a gigantic room where all the walls are completely covered up with photos.
each one is of a different loved one whom they have outlived
what if there’s an entire room in the TARDIS like this
No, really. Think about this. Imagine every photo of every person you’ve ever loved. Every kind of love. The random person you love who was wearing a shirt you liked. The guy who put a little something extra in your fast food bag when he saw you were having a bad day. Your parents, you friends, you ex girlfriends or boyfriends… Everyone you have a passing moment with that you love would cover the walls…
Now think if reincarnation is real… Imagine the day you turn 18, your parents taking you into this room you have never seen the inside of and all of a sudden there are these faces of people you had only ever seen in dreams all smiling at you. Every story comes back to you and you are able to remember everything… It’s a bittersweet moment and you find yourself crying but you don’t know whether it’s in joy or sadness… But you know that you are lucky to have been blessed with so much love.
Then, as your current self, you must add more photos to the plethora of pictures. It’s your life story. Confucianism has this idea that you are only you because of the ties you have made with other people. No one else in the whole world can ever be you because only you have those ties.
Those… Those are the faces of people who made you, you.