Something to think about.
Absence of a soul
Our language is rife with references to a soul. We have soul food, soul music, soulful poetry, etc.
So what is this thing we call soul and what is it supposed to do for us?
The Ancient Egyptians had a scale to weigh it after death, if it balanced with a feather you went into Door # One and were supposedly saved. Anything less and you were out of luck.
The Native Americans thought that after death a part of the human being went off into another part of the universe and that was that. The Buddhists take the stance that there is no individual soul, but we are all part of a whole.
Christianity and Islam teach that soul and body will be reunited at the sound of the Last Trump, and all will be well.
All cultures throughout time have seemed to support this notion that there is a part of the human animal that survives death, and is sort of a moral compass without which we could not call ourselves human. I have a problem with this.
Where was the moral compass when India became partitioned into two rival religions, that formerly were made to live peacefully, but after British rule ended turned into the most vicious periods of rampaging and murder in the whole history of religious conflict?
Where was that soul that all cultures insist existed, and was supposed to keep us peaceful?
Or maybe that was not the purpose of having a soul at all? After all, the proving of having a soul has never been successful. No amount of scientific tests, weighing of dying persons, filming with infrared cameras has ever produced a modicum of evidence that anything leaves a dying body and can be called the soul.
To me, it is an extraordinary claim to make. Here is something inside our brain pan or chest cavity or embedded in our cells, that seems to set us apart from the animal kingdom. What is the function of this invisible unprovable entity? Does it come ready to run when we are born? Does it kick in when a fetus is at the viable stage? Does it govern our endocrine balance?
The fact is that people who have these ideas like a governing deity, a soul, and life after death cling mightily to these ideas when threatened with logical reasoning.
I want to know how things work. I studied all religions and have an idea of how human beings have organized their lives, and see that having a tendency to believe in an invisible, unknowable, unresponsive, omnipotent sky daddy could have helped primitive man survive.
I do not see any clear evidence that these things actually exist. Human beings like to tell stories. They like to scare themselves with “things that go bump in the night”.
So what is so different from the boogey man idea than having an invisible part of our body wafting around the universe looking for the Pearly Gates?
All the books written about this subject have proved to me to be fallacious. Accounts of dying and “going to heaven and sitting on Jesus’s lap” are pure hogwash.
Let us put some logical reasoning in here. As sentient beings we like to think we are logical, and set up rules for proving or disproving theories in science. We have built a marvelous technological life using these principals which we invented all by ourselves. The electricity that runs our washing machines and automobiles is the same ephemeral stuff that runs our brains. We can see the results, even though we can’t see the actual electrons without special machinery. Even then we are seeing patterns imprinted on another material.
So, if a material is so tiny that we can’t see or measure it how can we claim that it even exists?
This question is valid for asking about souls and gods, demons and angels.
What we have are made up entities that do not have any input into our lives and do not act in a rational manner. We however act as if these entities are affecting us, and therefore delude ourselves into thing that these things actually exist.
Aside from the social benefits of having churches for enabling groups of people to exercise power, there is no real guiding hand, no responsive god, no coming back after death.
Evolution however can be proven, DNA does exist, links between deep time and fossil products can be utilized, and the human mind and emotions can produce extraordinary results.
It is all us, nothing more.