sometime sun;172487 wrote:
Who owns your soul?
Can a soul be owned?
Can a soul be bought or sold?
Can you give it away?
How much do you think your soul is worth?
Do you think a soul is ultimately worthless?
Leaving aside, if I may, the question of ownership, I think it is interesting to broaden your question into a consideration of how something like an individual soul might be compared to an artefact, such as a tool, or a work of art, because these are among the kind of things that can be owned.
I won't try to argue; I will just be dogmatic, i.e. I will present a point of view. (See P.P.S. below.)
I do not have
, or own
, an immortal soul; nor am
I myself an immortal soul. When my body dies, so do I. I am over; I do not go on.
Inasmuch as I am anything at all, I am a living being; and, inasmuch as I understand anything about myself, or about life in general, I think I agree with Mad Mike's assertion (or admission) that the word 'soul' is, at least arguably, synonymous with 'life'.
(I cannot resist mentioning that I became oddly obsessed with the Greek word 'Zoe' a couple of days ago, and I oddly asked Mike a question about it almost the instant he arrived.)
Human beings, as well as being present in the physical world, and aware of it, create physical artefacts, such as tools and works of art.
Although in no sense that I understand do we have
souls or own
souls, nor are
we souls, we are - again, as Mad Mike correctly says - in
Might it be said, then, that human beings, while alive, as well as being present in soul, and aware of soul, and as well as being present in the physical world, and aware of the physical world, and having the capacity to create forms of matter, may also create forms of soul, which, like our tools and works of art, may outlive us, and may be of use to others, or bring enlightenment to others?
If so, then such individual creations might well be candidates for being called individual souls, even though they are only small parts of the one soul that is. (Also, we might then pass on to the question of considering their ownership; but for now, that would be premature, because none of what I've just written might be true, or it might even have no meaning.)
(Afterthought: might this be something like Sheldrake's "formative causation", or "morphic resonance"? I haven't yet got around to reading Sheldrake, so I have no idea if by this remark I am inadvertently advocating crackpottery!) (See P.S. below.)
But even if there is no such creation of individual 'souls' within soul, never mind. I am a bubble, and I will burst; but when I burst, the space within my bubble and the space outside it will all still be there; and I am content with that, even if after I die there is no more space than there was before.
P.S. That was written after very little sleep. I thought it all out before starting to type anything, but I forgot one obvious, straightforward part of what I had meant to write (resulting in the apparent need for the speculative "afterthought"). Now I've had a little more sleep, and remembered that I had intended, as an essential step in the account, to mention that individual innovations in soul may be transmitted via language.
I did also wonder about other possible kinds of transmission, but I hadn't intended to mention them in this post. One thing I was reminded of was the thread "Help! Confronting the Creative Colony Mind
" (Thu 4 Mar), but I had meant to leave speculation about the soul of other species for another time, if indeed I had anything I wanted to say about it at all.
My lapse of memory has given what I wrote a more mysterious and speculative appearance than intended. (Now to try to get some more
P.P.S. (Ugh, no more sleep!) I hope that no-one imagines that when I wrote "I will not try to argue'" I meant "I will not allow anyone to argue with me"! No. Of course, I only meant "I will not try to present these thoughts in the form of an argument.'" Just checking - one has to be so careful!
P.P.P.S. (Well, what else can I do?) In belated response to the OP: Does a farmer own the land on which he lives and works? Yes and no.