Share Your World — Deep Thought

Share Your WorldWhoa. I’m running way behind today. I am just getting around to reading and responding to today’s edition of Melanie’s Share Your World prompt. Melanie has posed some pretty deep questions. Let’s see if I can come up with some equally deep answers.

Can we ever experience anything objectively? Why or why not? (Now for the people who may not understand that idea, this is what objective means (definition wise): Something that is not influenced by personal feelings or opinions).

Probably not. Thinking that we can, in all or most cases, be completely objective is not objective thinking. We are all influenced, to one degree or another, by our environment, upbringing, and experiences, so even though we might like to think we can be completely objective, we can’t.

Do humans have a soul? Do animals have a soul?

I’m assuming that by her question, Melanie is asking if there is a spiritual or immaterial part of a human being or animal, regarded as immortal. I’m being completely objective in my answer, which is no and no. We may be “soulful” and we may have “soul,” but we don’t have “a soul.”

Why are people told to respect the dead? (Example: “Don’t speak ill of the dead.”)

The only dead people who are worthy of our respect are those who earned it while they were alive.

Without using the names of specific people, discuss “the ideal” President or other world leader. Saying ‘anyone who is the exact opposite of a certain orange skinned creature’ is cheating. While (to me) that’s a true statement, there’s more depth to the question than to reduce it to one sentence.

The ideal president or world leader is an individual who has scruples, honesty, and integrity, and who puts the nation he or she leads and the needs of the people above his or her own interests. And I did that in one sentence without naming the current POTUS and so-called leader of the free world, who is the antithesis of someone who possesses those attributes and qualities.


Share your gratitude! Stories, images or thoughts all welcome.

I am grateful that I don’t have an inoperable brain tumor after having had my head examined. But it turns out that the CT scan showed that I do have a mass in the middle ear of my left ear that is causing my hearing problem and that will require surgery. But I’ll hold off worrying about that until after Thanksgiving.

Out-of-Body Experience

6009676C-8D79-4867-9625-3AF9CB3318B3“Yes, of course I believe in astral projection,” the woman standing at the podium said in response to a question from the audience. “I, personally, have had many out-of-body experiences.”

Hank looked at his wife and shook his head. “This is total bullshit. Let’s get out of here.”

“Oh, ye of little faith,” Sandra whispered back. “Sit back and listen, you may actually learn something.”

Hank stood up and addressed the speaker. “What exactly is an out-of-body experience?” he asked.

“Thank you for your question,” the speaker said. “An out-of-body experience occurs when your astral body leaves your physical body and travels to the astral plane. The astral plane is the level beyond the physical, the realm of dreams, spirits, and psychic phenomena, the substance and vehicle for contact between the material and the mystical. It is one of the seven planes of being. Humans generally live on the material plane.”

Hank rolled his eyes.

“I see that you are a skeptic,” the woman said. “But you can’t just dismiss the experiences of a substantial number of people. It often happens when people are in the midst of a near-death event. For example, people report finding themselves floating near the ceiling of their hospital rooms, perhaps observing medical staff attempting to revive them.”

“Your whole concept of an out-of-body experience,” Hank said, “assumes the existence of a soul, or what you call an “astral body,” that is separate from the physical body and is capable of travelling outside it throughout the universe. That’s nonsense.”

“It’s not nonsense. It’s even referenced in the Bible,” the speaker said. “The apostle Paul, in 2 Corinthians 12:1–4, said….”

“Seriously, the Bible? Hank interrupted. “That’s it, we’re outta here.” He grabbed Sandra’s hand and pulled her up. “Let’s hit the road with all deliberate speed before I start having my own out-of body experience and this thing turns ugly.”

Written for these daily prompts: Word of the Day Challenge (astral), The Daily Spur (woman), Your Daily Word Prompt (substantial), Ragtag Daily Prompt (road), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (speed), and Swimmers (ugly).

SoCS — A Hole in His Sole

F2FC3391-F53E-4A3D-BAF6-7EB1967F2939He was a very practical and pragmatic man who went to work each weekday morning. She was a very spiritual, religious woman who went to church service every weekday morning. On Sunday mornings, he would go play a round of golf. On Sunday mornings, she would go to Sunday church service.

This Sunday, when he had returned from his round of golf and she had returned from her church service, they were each dressing for that day’s traditional Sunday evening family dinner.

When he was almost finished dressing, he sighed and said aloud, “Oh God, I have a hole in my sole.”

Having heard what he said, she came up to him, sympathetically put her arm around his shoulder, and said, “My love, do not worry. Together we will get through this. Finish dressing, and meet me out front. I will take you to get your soul fixed.”

Grateful for his wife’s attentiveness, albeit a bit surprised by her sense of urgency, he walked out of the front door and stepped into the passenger seat of their car that she had at ready in their driveway.

When she pulled out of the driveway, she drove to the left. He was puzzled and turned to his wife and said, “I think you’re going the wrong way.”

“Oh no sweetheart,” she said. “This is definitely the right way.”

“No, I’m sure you’re going the wrong way,” he said. “The shoemaker’s shop is in the strip mall on the north side of town. You’re driving south.”

“The shormaker’s shop?” she said. “Oh no, I’m taking you to see Pastor James at my church.”

“Does he know how to fix soles?” he asked.

“Oh darling,” she said, “fixing souls is what he does.”

“Honey,” he said, “I think we may have a homophone problem.”

“Are you talking about that gay couple that moved into that house around the corner?” she asked. “My pastor said that those types can steal one’s soul. But that doesn’t make him a homophobe, does it?

He chuckled. “Not ‘homophobe,’ honey.” Homophone. Homophones are words that sound alike but are spelled differently and have different meanings.”

She slammed on the brakes, stopped the car, and turned toward her husband. “So are you telling me that you don’t have a hole in your spiritual soul, you have a hole in your shoe’s sole?”

“Yes, exactly,” he said.

“Oh thank God,” she said, “I’m so relieved.” She started the car, turned it around, and headed toward the strip mall on the north side of town where the shoemaker has his shop.

Written for the Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt from Linda G. Hill. The challenge is to write a post using “soul” and/or “sole.”

Are Dead People Voyeurs?

CEB274F9-BD76-4B99-A978-93702D2271F0I was watching a TV show the other night when one character said to the other, “You’re father would be so proud of you. I bet he’s looking down from heaven right now with a big smile on his face.”

Yeah, right. Do people really belief that their dearly departed friends and relatives are looking down — or looking up, as the case may be — at them to see what they’re up to?

“Oh my God, Dan, that was the best sex ever. I bet your mom is looking down on you from heaven with a big smile on her face.” Oh wait, maybe it was Dan’s father who was looking up at him from hell and masturbating while watching Dan having a hot time with that blonde he picked up at that party. Hmm. Do the souls of dead people masturbate?

Do people really believe that the souls of their deceased loved ones are spending their days in the afterlife spying on their earthbound family members and pals? Do they do it all the time, or do they only do it when something extraordinarily good or bad happens?

And where’s the line? Are there boundaries, safe zones, where you can escape the prying dead eyes of the deceased? Like the bathroom, maybe. Is my mother watching me sitting on the toilet taking a dump and beaming about what a big boy I am?

Is there a statute of limitations? For example, are these dead voyeurs watching over us forever? Or are we sentenced to a finite number years after their death to be subjected to their constant observation? And how large is this circle of voyeurs? Just your parents or does it go back multiple generations and include more watchers than your immediate family and closest friends?

In the interest of full disclosure, I’m an atheist and I don’t believe in the notion of an afterlife. But I’m genuinely interested in hearing from those who are believers. Do you believe that the souls of your deceased loved ones — your parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and closest friends — are looking down at you, watching what you’re doing day in and day out?

I’m not trying to be an asshole. I really want to know what you believe. Tell me in the comments or write your own post and link it back to this post.