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greengirl5 Wrote:
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> My soul is what I am.

Yes indeed, our souls are what we are. But what is 'we'? At the risk of banging my own drum, this is the conundrum I try to address in Chapter 4 of my book. As I have previously said, I believe all living things (and maybe even 'non-living') things have awareness, that comes with the territory. Like everything else, we act as we 'feel' on the basis of sensory input -- which may ultimately be no more than chemical reactions, though these too may be more profound than we realise.

But language changes the game. Being able to tag our awareness with easily remembered sounds means we can become aware not only that we are aware, but that others are also aware -- and that alters our behaviour. It also creates the illusion of an abstract world separate from our direct sensations. Think of what's going on right now. We're having a conversation based entirely on the juggling of abstract words, which are simply 'digital' combinations of 26 letters (in the English language; others have more or less). Most of us have probably never met each other, but we nonetheless have a good sense of each other's personalities or 'souls' -- based entirely on that artificial exchange of patterns on a screen.

That's the power of language. As I put it in my book, "The wings that language gives to thought induce a light airy feeling that seems quite independent of the heavy, meaty mess of our biology." And that's what gives us our sense of 'soul'. It doesn't mean we have one, in the sense of something that survives our physical death, or is otherwise somehow independent of our body. But it's a powerful illusion that has bewitched us all through history. It can be uncomfortable to think that you don't perhaps have a soul, that 'this' is all there is. But actually, it changes nothing. Whether or not there is an eternal soul, we are still miraculous vessels of awareness and wonderment. That's good enough for me!

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