Just something I was thinking about and thought I would share these personal thoughts with you. Upon reading Stephen Hawking's thoughts about God and the Universe and the reaction to them, I felt inclined to get The Story of Philosophy by Will Durant from the bookshelf and read about the philosopher Baruch Spinoza. Strangely, I had years ago bookmarked the very spot that I was looking for with a paper bookmark quoting a Bible verse and so it was easy to find. Will Durant is a wonderful writer and reading him is a joy no matter the subject, but he seems to have a particular fondness for Spinoza. Near the end of the chapter on Spinoza, Durant wrote this, quoting the poet William Wordsworth (from the poem Tintern Abbey), That just kind of sums up my thoughts on God in a most beautiful way. If I may quote a little bit more from the book; this is Durant explaining Spinoza in his Treatise on Religion and the State I imagine that would just kind of sum up Hawking's thoughts about God and the Universe. Really, it does mine also - Spinoza, Wordsworth, Durant - they are bright lights in the world. Reading the words of the really great thinkers gives you hope that one day people will see that the cycle of birth and rebirth are just natural consequences of the nature of the universe and not just a sentence that we labor under, but instead it is just part of who or what we are. Not wishing to start a religious discussion, does anyone else see a theme that runs through philosophy, science and inspired literature that speaks about the nature of our reality or reincarnation.