ex utero ante luciferum genui te
the morning star I brought you into existence
So there are about three ways of looking at
So there are about three ways of looking at souls.
1) For Christians the answer is that the soul is immortal created at the moment of conception and sticks around forever after that.
2) Others believe the soul starts our sometime when the body gets conscious then evaporates after death. I think these would be called materialists or something.
3) Then you can believe that God created all souls and keeps them around forever.
Psalm 109 suggests the third idea and i kind of like it. So why would an infinite God have to go to all the trouble of creating souls all the time. Just do them all at once and be done with it. Jewish tradition has it that the Guf ha-Briyo or Hall of Souls contains all the raw materials and that a baby gets in-souled sometime from this vast depository.
The Soul Theory
With regard to the soul theory, there are three kinds of teachers in the world:
- The first teacher teaches the existence of an eternal ego-entity that outlasts death: He is the eternalist.
- The second teacher teaches a temporary ego-entity which becomes annihilated at death: He is the materialist.
- The third teacher teaches neither an eternal nor a temporary ego-entity: He is the Buddha.
I was just browsing on Wikipedia when I came across an article on the
Guf, or t, the Treasury
eatheris Virgilian forsan (short for forsitan) is perhaps a good way to deal with past trauma. The word means “maybe, perhaps, could’a, would’a, should’a, if, who knows, whatever” and it's very context can change the meaning.
Virgid experiences can be remembered later as not being, well not quite so bad really, so everybody just cheer up because in a few years when we are in a bar drinking somewhere, we will recall these adventures with lighter hearts and have a good laugh about it.
Beginning at line 200 of book 1 of the Aeneid we read:
enim ignari sumus ante malorum—
O passi graviora, dabit deus his quoque finem.Vos et
Scyllaeam rabiem penitusque sonantis
accestis scopulos, vos et Cyclopea saxa
revocate animos, maestumque timorem
Listen up. We are certainly not unaware of the bad
things that’s happened lately in addition to all the worse things that
happened even before that, but I have no doubt that god will put an end to
this string of hard luck. You
have stood up to the whirlpool with her noisy currents and dealt with
those weird rock formations (Cyclopian is a type of stonework but he
actually had to avoid them).
So revive your spirits, men, and get rid of these fears
he presents us with this neat little aside that is a sure cure for PTSD. So
short and sweet.
forsan et haec olim meminisse iuvabit
He then continues
Per varios casus, per tot discrimina rerum
tendimus in Latium; sedes ubi fata quietas
ostendunt; illic fas regna resurgere Troiae.
Durate, et vosmet rebus servate secundis.
After all, maybe these experiences can be remembered later in a happier way.
Through all these troubles and these dangerous
times,We will get to
So Virgil comes up with something brilliant by sneaking the Forsam between two rather verbose passages. Here’s the thought.