February 14, 2009
An English dictionary: The intelligent or immaterial part of “man” as distinguished from the body//the animating or vital principle in living things.
So far so good. There are other definitions of what a spirit is, but I am very much afraid that they have been taken out of religious texts. Soul is the differentiating trait in human attitudes, as differentiating are the traits in the physiognomy of them, because the rest of the body may present traits which are not standard but this is just not the normal natural aspect of persons.
What does the spirit of a person represent? And how the spirit is achieved? Yes, achieved. Is it a trait God gives to each of us?
I am not intending to mix religions in this post, it would be very daring of me and it would most probably molest many of the potential readers.
Apart from the macho definition of that dictionary I have had for many years now, I am inclined to believe spirit is the part of the human being – woman or man – that concerns their attitude towards life and their fellow persons, or animals or plants within their surroundings, or even themselves.
What one thinks of other is a conception that is derived from one’s spirit. What one feels for another is a sentiment that is derived from the spirit. When one is angry, the spirit is working negatively, when one loves then the work is positive.
Is this the product of education? Yes, in a way. But no, in another way. Education in most times is responsible fo what one thinks is good or is bad. But who or what has decided what is good or bad? In my opinion, nobody or nothing. Yes, good or bad may not have come out of religious doctrines, it is a spiritual sentiment that compels us to feel in a particular way towards our fellow humans, or things or animals or plants.
Religions have those two aspects of our nature in all their teachings, but this has not been because their doctors have come to that conclusion out of their intelligence. Their intelligence is shared by us, normal persons of the street. Trying to impersonate God has also always been one of these doctors’ traits who have believed themselves to be owners of truth, but truth is independent, free and cannot be anybody’s weapon.
God is intangible, God cannot be touched, or understood, anyone that dares to say the contrary is outright wrong.
Who is wrong or who is right? Are men wrong or right? Are women wrong or right? Is sex right or wrong? Which type of sex is right or wrong? Who are we humans to dictate what our spirits decide regarding anything?
These are questions that occur to me very often. The definitive answer has not yet come to my mind – or is it spirit?