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What is the Spark That Exists in a Person?

Essay By: TheClanDestine

After reading Descartes, Plato, and Aristotle, comes a small note on the soul...

Submitted:Jun 9, 2013    Reads: 16    Comments: 3    Likes: 2   

What is the spark that exists in a human? Why do we do the things we do?

The soul's activity is essentially immaterial. The body and mind is made up of material. They both balance each other and block each other. The soul is housed in the mind, the mind is housed in the body, and the body belongs to the world.

I imagine the soul being like a dream state, where anything can happen, where unicorns exist. The soul is everything and nothing.

Thoughts and ideas are immaterial and possess the highest and most fundamental kind of reality. The soul must have an affinity with the thoughts and concepts it apprehends. This affinity is so strong that the soul strives to leave the body, to dwell in the land of thoughts, ideas, and concepts forever, coming up with a story for itself, at once beautiful and dark.

The world is mostly made up of natural laws that the soul, mind, and body have to obey. However, some laws can be broken if the will is strong enough.

Oh Dualism, the great reality, let me have good and bad experiences, but do not close my eyes, do not cover my ears, do not shut my mouth, do not plug my nose, and do not render me numb to touch. I want to feel life - good or bad. The bad is chaotic and fun, the good is pure and holy. Open my senses even more, if that is possible, to perceive you more and maybe possess the feeling we all want to last forever and ever - love.

Sleep, those little slices of death, how I loathe them - Edgar Allan Poe

I am not afraid of love, I crave it. I want to live with love and possess it's qualities. I even understand love on a technical and academic level. But why, when I sleep, do I still get bad dreams? If I am truly free to go anywhere in dreamland, why does my soul choose nightmares?

The soul is wild and free, a horse named moonlight, a glass of wine as sweet as sorrow, or a single idea that cuts deep, deeper than the depths of the ocean. One must tame the passion within as you would a wild beast.

~ Smeets

Research links:

Good read on dualism - http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/dualism/
Virtue and Habit 1. - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=reZA81S0zfI
Virtue and Habit 2. - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C8yNxXAm7F4
Parts of the Soul (fascinating) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ojnSKzI2BE


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