Hey everybody, it’s Friday! And there’s a nor’easter a-comin! Excitement is in the airâ€”the kind of excitement that can only be tempered by the awarding of Comment o’ the Week.
Though I usually opt for the lulz, today I’ve decided to reward a more thoughtful comment (don’t worry, I don’t plan to make a habit of it). When asked to customize an afterlife, you commenters stepped up with some very interesting thoughts on your own personal philosophies, and remarkably you were not sidelined by a discussion of boobies. Zapski wrote the following:
// Aug 26, 2009 at 5:01 pm
In seriousness, I as an atheist think that there is no soul in the dualistic sense. However, I think that what is essentially us leaves our bodies at all times, every time we interact with others. Like raindrops in a pond, the ripples we make affect all the other drops, and all the ripples that hit us, are changed by our ripples, etc.
Humanity has one giant soul-soup in which we all make bigger or smaller ripples. What I say shapes you, what you say shapes me. When I recall something you said or did, or if some action of yours consciously or unconsciously affects me or my actions or ideas, that is your â€œsoulâ€ having its effect.
Carl Sagan (for example) made a big splash in the soul-soup. Many of us are shaped by his words and actions.
Religion has it backwards: Your soul doesnâ€™t leave your body at the moment of death, it stops leaving your body, and echos in the lives of others.
We are the heaven in which our dead reside.
Congratulations, Zapski! You win the ability to choose next Wednesday’s Afternoon Inquisition. Send it in using our comment form!
Happy Friday everyone! Go make a splash in the soul-soup.