People believe that while one individual life on Earth may be tragic, the afterlife will be glorious. Others agree that individual lives are tragic but that humanity is evolving into something finer and more joyful. Still others believe that the soul puts out various personalities during its saga of reincarnation. Eventually, they say, a more perfect being evolves - a being whose soul and personality are one. Others go beyond that, claiming that anchorage of spirit in material form on Earth is the planned outcome of all of this travail, sorrow and striving.