You know the New Age types who think they remember their previous lives?
Why is it that almost every one of them was someone significant or romantic/heroic? Nobody ever goes, “Yeah, I was a spear carrier in the Sultan of Akkabad’s army. In my first battle, I tripped over my shoelaces and stabbed myself in the groin. A week later, I died painfully from my infections,” or “I was a peasant in northern Germany during the Thirty Years’ War. I shoveled shit for twenty years, and then a bunch of Gustavus Adolphus’ soldiers burned down my farm and killed me.”
I mean, considering the total mediocrity and unremarkability of most people’s existences in the course of human history, that kind of previous life would be statistically far more likely than having been the Fifteenth Duke of Chutney, or Michelangelo’s understudy.