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『Heidegger and a Hippo Walk Through』
/ Thomas Cathcart et al.
Otto Rank says the modern view that equates the soul with
the mind is way off the mark. He says that in primitive times
"soul" meant "life-power (Think James Brown singing "I Feel
Good.") And this life-power, or mana, was everywhere and
In those good old primitive days when a man was a man,
and kids still helped out around the cave, death-anxiety had
not raised its scary head, because this universal life-power
was immortal. Not only was the Force with us, but we were
part of the Eternal Force. But soon the notion of life-power
got mixed together with the notion of individual will-power,
and once that happened, it was only a matter of time before
people realized that the will of some folks could break the will
of other folks.
Plato "proved" the immortality of the soul in several of his
dialogues, but probably his best-known proof is in the dialogue
"Meno," where Socrates demonstrates that the soul must have
existed before a person was born.
Interestingly, most people aren't all that concerned with the
possibility of eternal life before arriving on earth, possibly
because even if they did exist then, they can't remember it.
This sheds new light on the old question of what our post-
earthly consciousness would be like if the soul were immortal.
Would we be able to remember our earthly consciousness?
If not, what's the big whoop about immortality?
With no continuity of Me-ness,
why should I care-either now or then?
Or to put it another way, why should either of me care?
to be continued...
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