I was intrigued by an article in the December issue of Atlantic. In it, a woman called Louisa was convinced she was harboring a demon.
She felt that so many unusual things had happened to her, and she had heard and seen so many things that were clearly hallucinations that exorcism was considered.
She and most others who seek out this service from the Catholic Church, are victims of sexual abuse and she herself was a substance abuser.
The verdict is still out on whether or not she was actually possessed by a devil, demon or Djinn, but the things that she said while under the influence of this phenomena was striking.
The demon whispered in her voice, that he wanted not only her body but her soul.
My question is , what can he do with a soul?
Is there a point system? Does he get energy for his spiritual batteries?
This statement serves the victim well, in that we can’t prove one way or another that there are little demons out to get our souls.
That way she gets attention in a socially approved manner.
If she gets an exorcism, it could be helpful in that her belief of the process gets rid of her feelings that led to the outbreak.
She was suffering from PTSD, but was not able to do the things that would rid her of the guilt just by having a therapist help her work through it.
That is not the real point of my essay now.
The problem I have with the concept of souls, is that nobody has ever proved to me that they even exist.
Back in ancient history, the concept of a soul did not exist in Judaism before the Babylonian exile.
They picked up this concept and definition after being exposed to the new culture.
Before that there was not a word in the language to define the soul.(Wikipedia)
In Buddhism, Anatta is the doctrine that there is no permanent underlying soul.
Obviously this concept is man invented, and is used as a bolstering up of religions of all kinds.
It can be used to justify erratic behavior, as witnessed by the many exorcisms performed in the past.
Human beings are very clever at inventing things that will give them comfort against the looming concept of death.
They do not want to admit that there is nothing in charge of the universe, so invent whole pantheons of gods and goddesses. That way blame can be laid at their feet, and not taken upon the proper beings; those human beings.
So if anybody can prove why any imaginary entity would want a soul, and what would be the benefit to that being, speak up!
There is also the matter of the human who supposedly loses a soul. This invisible, weightless featureless part of our body, that pundits claim lives on in the afterlife, must be of some benefit to us, and when we lose it do we die?
Do we get sick?
Are we on some celestial shit list because we did not properly care for our little invisible speck?
Since I do not believe in a hell, or demons, then having a soul or not does not worry me in the least.
It is ironic that the day after I wrote this essay the news story broke about more wrongdoing in the Houston Catholic Church. One authority said that he would hunt down the criminals even if it went clear to the Vatican. Harsh.