Although far from rich, I am happily in the middle class like, I am sure, most if not all those who post here. It is troubling to say the least that the vast majority of people in this world are not. Some years ago, "Sixty Minutes" had a segment about kids living off what they could salvage from discarded ships. And, a DEA agent, who had worked in Pakistan, once told me that there was nothing on earth more miserable that being a mule in that country. The poor animal was worked almost from the moment he/she could stand until the moment of death and then the carcass was left where it fell. Sorry for such a depressing thread. My point, however, is that it would be horrible to anticipate more lifetimes. Life is tough enough under "genteel" circumstances. Yet, I suspect that one might spiritually grow more if exposed to Bangladesh rather than to Whole Foods. I read somewhere that spirits reincarnate only if they want to. But who would want to get back on the roller coaster of life to face such dire circumstances. I admit to full-fledged whimp-hood on this.