Although my Zoroastrian faith is credited with introducing the concept of Heaven and Hell into religion, I find myself more in sync with the Buddhist concept of rebirths and Nirvana. I feel we are put on earth to absorb lessons that will purify of our souls; being slow learners, we are born again and again.
One such lesson life has insistently taught me is humility. I think I have a healthy ego and every little success blooms disproportionately large and exultant in my mind. And again, startlingly immediate, something occurs to topple me from my inflated self-regard and teaches me how temporal and foolish my bloated ego was.