I’m a big fan of Shirley MacLaine as an actress. In Terms of Endearment and other movies (watch her delightful performance as the elderly Mrs. Robinson in Rumor Has It), she has sparkled on the screen. But she has some of the most bizarre ideas about the world and she’s got some people rightly pissed off by implying in a new book that the Jews had brought the Holocaust on themselves due to being bad people in their “past lives.”
“What if most Holocaust victims were balancing their karma from ages before,” she writes, “when they were Roman soldiers putting Christians to death, the Crusaders who murdered millions in the name of Christianity, soldiers with Hannibal, or those who stormed across the Near East with Alexander? The energy of killing is endless and will be experienced by the killer and the killee.”
She adds that the victims could have been ‘balancing their karma’ for previous sins.
On the subject of Stephen Hawking, she adds: “Did he ‘create’ the disease that has crippled him in order to learn to be dependent on caregivers and the kindness of strangers so that he could free his entire mind to the pursuit of knowledge?
“What if he inadvertently chose to set an example of himself to show the rest of us that cosmic travel and universal understanding are available, regardless of one’s physical condition or circumstance?
“If Jesus chose to die in a state of martyrdom, then Stephen Hawking could just as readily have chosen to live in a dual state of being: visibly physical weakness and unseen knowledge and power. What if all reality is an illusion?”
I’m beginning to think I must have been Torquemada in a previous life. How else to explain having to listen to this inane drivel in this one?