Yes, we really are starting with the basics, aren’t we? My first blog was “Barn Burning” aka that coming of age story that so many of us go through in which we decide how much allegiance we owe to our tribe and how much we owe to mankind in general. Then we were off on a series of the four virtues of the Bohemian revolution – according to Baz Luhrmann in the 2001 version of “Moulin Rouge” – those were (in my order) Truth, Freedom, Beauty and Love.
Now we are moving on to something simple, the soul. Hey, that’s my story and I’m stickin to it. I mean how complicated could the eternal part of a human being actually be, right?
Well, I watched this movie yesterday; it’s about Russians, the black market, selling souls, etc. What, a documentary on the 2016 election? No, that’s a really good guess. But actually it’s from 2009, it stars Paul Giamatti as himself, it’s called “Cold Souls” and it is frickin hilarious – I mean, yuno, if you’re into existential humor like I am.
But here, check out a trailer:
OK, so now you can clearly see why I had to do a blog post about the soul, right?
Hmmm, tough crowd, OK let’s go with the Google definition: soul
noun: soul; plural noun: souls
the spiritual or immaterial part of a human being or animal, regarded as immortal.
- a person's moral or emotional nature or sense of identity.
- emotional or intellectual energy or intensity, especially as revealed in a work of art or an artistic performance.
"their interpretation lacked soul"
|synonyms:||inspiration, feeling, emotion, passion, animation, intensity, fervor, ardor, enthusiasm, warmth, energy, vitality, spirit
"their music lacked soul"
the essence or embodiment of a specified quality.
"he was the soul of discretion"
|synonyms:||embodiment, personification, incarnation, epitome, quintessence, essence; More|
More? Uh, no Google, I think that will be quite enough, actually.
So, the soul – the immortal part of a person, that which lives on when this life is over. Also, a person’s sense of identity. Yeah, I think we’ve got a handle on this – thanks for being there once again, Google.
If you believe in reincarnation, as I tend to, then you would think of a person’s soul or spirit – the eternal part of them which accumulates (and keeps track of?) all our life experiences – as the part of us which connects us to past lives of our own and quite possibly a connection to God (Source) the Great Spirit, the man upstairs, the Creator of the universe, however He/She/It chooses to manifest itself.
That’s why I found this film so hilarious – our guy Giamatti (who is a wonderful actor IMO) is having trouble with digging into a character he is playing in a stage production and he finds a charlatan who is involved in the (hopefully!) fictitious business of soul storage and trafficking. Giamatti finds out the hard way (as do many others in the film) that being separated from your soul just really isn’t nearly as great as the brochures make it sound.
Our souls – if they really do exist – are uniquely our own, much more than anything else we possess. And quite possibly, they are extensions of us beyond this lifetime.
No matter what we may be going through in our lifetimes – happiness, success, betrayal, depression. These experiences are uniquely our own. And as difficult as they are to go through, I think the odds are good that they are ordered for us by someone who cares about us and has a glimpse of our future much better than we could from this vantage point.
And regardless of all that, our soul is something uniquely our own. And if anyone comes along asking you to sell your soul for eternity – or for a new vette, or a pretty dress, or offers to put it on ice for you because it is holding you back in your career. Just tell em to take a flying hike, OK? Cuz you are better than anything someone outside yourself has to offer.