The saga so far... Three NI readers are in communication with a spirit entity called Nil who claims to have co-written the Upanishads and stormed the Winter Palace.
You said Bill Clinton had a basic design fault. You make it sound like there's a great Henry Ford up in the sky, twiddling with the knobs on the production line.
There is a Henry Ford up in the sky but I'm afraid he doesn't have as much clout up here as he did before his last incarnation. He's currently serving a three-millennia sentence for wilful disobedience to the Second Universal Law of Cosmic Balance. You see, when the germ of the idea for the car was first planted on Earth, it was intended to run on water. For most of the nineteenth century people were working on steam cars, like Robert Trevithick in England. But Ford somehow managed to make the world worship his foul-smelling, dirt-puking machine and it's going to take a good few decades more before the original design makes a comeback.
But Ford didn't invent the car on his own - there was Daimler in Germany, Levassor in France...
Walking encyclopedia, aren't you?
... it's the power of science, that's all. It sweeps everything aside. It's unstoppable. That's why a human will have been cloned by the end of the next decade.
Nothing is unstoppable. The Tyrannosaurus Rex was considered pretty unstoppable in its day, and look what happened to that. And I assure you the potential for spiritual growth towards the Light when you were incarnated as a T-Rex was pretty minimal - things are a sight more interesting now.
You're squirming off the point about the march of science.
Which is that humans have to take responsibility for their actions. Ford is carrying the can for putting his own ideas and wealth before everything else - and, worse, for persuading himself that he was doing it for the good of the common person. Sad, really, since he did have his redeeming features. Did you know he commissioned a boat in 1915 and sailed to Europe to try to persuade Britain, France and Germany to stop the First World War? The American belief that the world will jump to attention when it calls is occasionally quite endearing.
And while Ford was sailing his boat over to the killing fields of France, where were you?
You're trying to catch me out, aren't you? I've already told you I was a Bolshevik in that incarnation. Actually in 1915 I was skulking in St Petersburg, trying to avoid being sent to the front. I could see the War was pointless, just emperors playing battle games with working people as their counters, and I was damned if I was going to fight for the Tsar in some squabble with his royal relations.
Who was it who said that the twentieth was the century of world wars but also the first time in human history in which the idea of militarism was effectively challenged?
The New Internationalist, if I'm not mistaken, which has always been a favourite in incarnation waiting rooms up here. I particularly liked it in the early years before it was adopted as the house magazine of the UN in the early 21st century and started being translated into 38 languages. At that point I felt it lost some of its naive charm.
Next month: a stitch in time saves Albert Einstein and unveils the future CEO of the world.