It has been considered that the choice of 'when' we decide to re-enter this realm is the soul's alone. Free will.
Some might choose to be born into comfort & wealth simply because its material aspects are appealing, perhaps thinking this will give it a better start this time around. First choice m/n be best optics for it, but free will still reigns.
▪Now, think of a soul who chooses something on the other end of the spectrum.>this is how, as a kid, I came to terms w/the question of 'why god would allow (this)?' if he is a loving god.
▪I knew a child born w/water on the brain; I was a young teen. It had to have a device implanted to drain pressure.
This haunted me. In the years which followed, I heard of other conditions I saw as unfair.
▪Yet, then it hit me.
The choice of a soul to BE that unfortunte child, m/h been a choice to help strengthen the path of its new parents' souls. >A helper
That choice, choosing to be born free of ego, is the ultimate interpretation of altruism.
Choosing a difficult existence, even one where your time on this plane may end before it begins, w/not only benefit THAT soul, but give every person who comes to know it, in ANY way, shape or form -including hearssay- the opportunity to consider the same 'whys' I had to work out on my own.>But isn't a newborn supposed to be a clean slate?
Yes. As clean as it CHOOSES to be(gin).
▪I still have much to learn on this account, for, in my heart, it doesn't perfectly hold true for those born to fall into the grasp of the predator class. For those accounts, I wonder if there are *degrees* of choices a soul can make, according to what condition it was in when it last left this realm.
▪there's also the open question of whether there are those among us who appear to have NO soul. For that, I lean towards the consideration that their souls are not bound to /our/creator, but to that of its polar opposite.>I am ever learning.