A reader asks:
I apologize in advance if this line of questioning has already been covered, or if The Committee doesn't choose to weigh in, in which case chuck the questions. Thank you for all you and [The Committee] do.
It has been covered; the apology is rejected. 'Twas neither requested nor required. If place & need for that were necessary, questions would not be taken on this website. Note if you haven’t already, how asking questions most places isn't possible or requires application of pecuniary energy. [ pe•cu•ni•ar•y adjective relating to or consisting of money]
Q1. Do sentient beings in other universes encounter similar ill health and painful sicknesses, both physical and mental, which we humans face?
A: Sayeth The Committee: “Yes, of course. How similar or different they are, is a bigger question, for the differing anatomies and chemistries mean different effects apply; humans know not what it means to have scales fall off the body’s exterior surface, or how that limits physical abilities. You humans, as equally strange, even weird creatures to the scaled beings, suffer from having hair fall out or painful skin rashes, equally unusual.
Mental illness are more similar but occur principally as self-inflicted conditions. Social habits, customs and expectations, both family or generally developed socially, are a large cause of mental illnesses on Earth among humans. Because of this, solutions are more obvious but also the conditions are more resistant to repair. Humans like what humans know and know what humans like; dislikes are a large piece of human preferences.
Many sicknesses afflicting human mental function can be solved by moving the patient to an environment where the idea, notion thus imposition of patient status are not held or practiced. Removal of the stigma humans attach to medical treatment for mental dysfunction is more than half the solution, repair and recovery.
Physical sickness on Earth is as often self-inflicted as not, thus many as-you-name-them sentient or critical-thinker beings, practice removal of self- generated causes to solve them. This is within human capability.
The life plan aspect of contacting a disease, disability or condition or coming under the effects, exist everywhere in the galaxy and in others.
Q2. Even worse, do some [sentient beings] encounter "health challenges" with their own progeny (do they have progeny?) which are torturous, such as some of their children being born with ultimately fatal diseases* which cause the entire lifespan to be an excruciating exercise in progressive worsening, up to and including death? Pain, hopelessness, and helplessness in children and loved ones is always so much worse than having to endure anything oneself.
A: "Progeny are nearly universal among physical beings. Earth is not unique but is exemplary. Earth serves as a typical example of what can be found on nearly any inhabited planet. Physical beings do not live on stars; likewise, most planets cannot support physical life within the available chemistries and conditions required for it in the applicable dimensions.
Physical conditions are mostly torturous because of perception. We do not mean to say the conditions are pleasant, that perceptions can be tossed away at will, that holding such perceptions is pejorative, negative or that blame, responsibility and repentance apply; they do not.
Human life is a fatal disease. Are you aware of humans who do not die or pass on from or in good health? What you describe occurs everywhere sentient beings exist. Where these conditions are not possible, sentient beings would be robots and drones; we suggest the human television program fictional characters The Borg of Star Trek series as an example. This does not exist to such extreme as portrayed in the show."
Q3. Do sentient beings in other universes pray? What prompted this question:
* I ran across mention this morning of Batten Disease, an ultimately fatal illness which normally reveals itself between ages 5-10, and I immediately said a prayer to God and "To Whom It May Concern" that the children and their families be somehow given strength and help to endure this terrible sequence to its bitter end, and that the survivors be given balm for their hearts to somehow continue on after the sorrow and relief of death of their precious child.
A: "Yes, however the prayer meaning is different —and often unique to— a civilization. Where humans often mean to God or to an Angel, prayer more broadly means telepathic communication. The idea a greater invisible power exists, that such authority can be called in, invoked and summoned with the right request, is quite different from one civilization to another. Some do this far less, other civilizations do it constantly, despite little or nearly zero connection between the mental effort and tangible, preferred and hoped-for results.
If nothing terrible happened to any human, you would cease to be humans. Rejection, condemnation and even revulsion at the idea humans can often insert such things into a life plan is part of the humanness all members of mankind share. This aspect of human existence is a great attraction for incarnation."