You are reading the ongoing writing process for a new book of daily reflections/meditations. Already published by this author is “Cast A Long Shadow”, 90 daily reading for our journey through life. This book is available direct from the publisher, and also on Amazon.com.
Is this all there is?
Is the only point in life to make as much money as possible? Is it true that “life’s a bitch, and then you die”?
Some would tell us that this is the case – that we just machines which react as we are programmed to react.
And yet such an explanation of the human condition is unsatisfactory, because it ignores our human condition.
I am not saying that religious organizations have a complete answer to everything, nor that science cannot teach us anything – the facts are otherwise.
Religion once told us that the world was flat, that slavery was an acceptable form of business, and that women should not vote. Science produces theory after theory on how things work, each one promoted as the truth, until another theory comes along.
And so if one party tells us we have a soul, and the other that we do not, who are we to believe?
I think the answer is to trust ourselves, and try to keep away from assumptions.
Because what does it really mean, to have a soul?
For me, It is a word I use to express the essence of a person, that is distinct from, but connected to their body.
When a close friend dies, even the most hardened of atheists will often say that the person is “looking down on them”, that something about them is still here. There is the deep human feeling that we are not alone, that some essence of the person is still with us.
For many of us, the questions of what or of or how are irrelevant, because we know, deep inside us, that there is something more than just the physical.
I have experienced this, and yet I know that the experience was personal to me, I cannot convince a doubter of how it felt or what I now feel. And nor do I need to – we all have our own path to walk, and none of us have a monopoly on truth.
For now, it is enough to know in myself, and continue the journey.