“You don't have a soul. You are a Soul. You have a body, temporarily.” ~Walter M. Miller Jr.
Ray Charles had soul, baby. It was in his music.
I have soul. It is in my art and writing.
Both of my feet have a sole, too.
Sole swim in the North Sea; it’s a tasty fish.
Sol is in the center of our solar system--our sun.
Seoul is also in South Korea—it’s their capital.
But where is our soul and what exactly is it?
Is our soul inside our body, or is our body inside our soul?
What does the soul contain? When it leaves upon the death of the physical body, it leaves all flesh behind, yet takes our thoughts and memories with it? Is the soul like super-stick tape, or super absorbent toilet paper to catch and carry those ejected memories?
Is it like the black box that saves all the data for when a plane is destroyed in a crash?
Is it like a disc drive that uploads our info to Heaven, or ejects from the main body w/ stored data on it like a floppy disk or a compact disc?
Is it live, or is it Memorex?
I was born in the late 60’s so is my soul on a CD, cassette tape, or an 8-track?
How much does a soul weigh?
In 1907 a Massachusetts doctor named Duncan MacDougall performed an experiment on 6 dying patients to weigh their bodies at the exact moment of death. According to him, the results showed that the soul must weigh about 21 grams since that was the weight difference he measured at the moment of death when the soul presumably left the body. But his results and even his means of obtaining them are in dispute even today. I wonder, how could the soul have any weight at all? Isn’t it free of mass and matter?
Is the soul in human form, shaped like a human body? What if we lose a limb…is the shape of that part of the soul cut off too? Or does it remain, like an arm extending out from where a shirt sleeve was cut off at the base?
I once said that God is bigger than all the galaxies; that he can fit all of the galaxies of the universe in the palm of his hand, yet fit in the palm of our hand at the same time, that just as he is outside of space and time, he is outside of the realm of size as we know it. This would have to be true, no? Or else how could a spirit the size of the universe fit into the confining body of Jesus’ human form? Considering the infinite size of God, it would be a tight fit, no?
I wanted to lay out these thoughts in this blog. It is a blog of mostly questions and few answers, some suggestions, and more speculation. Perhaps the only purpose of this blog is to make you think…and think you shall, just as I have, about the questions posed within.
Ladies and gentlemen, start your thought engines!