Understanding the soul and reincarnation is important because it will set you free from hatred and discrimination. We all know that our physical bodies eventually decays; but we can agree that some part of us continues forever. Some call this invisible organ the soul, heart, or spirit. It is this soul that collects our demerits and merits, and eventually releases it back to us as suffering or joy. We reap what we have sowed. The soul also retains our pattern of thoughts after our physical death, and restores it when it reenters a developing body in our next life. The racist in this life will have the same arrogant thoughts in their next life; and the philanthropist will have the same good thoughts in their next life.
It is ironic that some will believe that because we are white or black today, we have more in common with our ancestors who were of same color; but the true fact is that we do not know what race or gender we were before. Those that boast the superiority of their race have only one thing in common. No, it is not the same color of skin; but they all have the evil thought of arrogance in their minds. It is this thought that their souls will transfer to their next life, irregardless of what color or gender they are now. The color of our skins is not important; it is what is in our minds that distinguish each of us from each other. Some of us will have more in common with our opposition. It is our evil thoughts that we have in common. It is not our color, but these thoughts that will eventually determine our fate.