Living in the differential confinements of our fleshly body, the idea of a soul, or to break it down, a free cognitive agent that feels what one feels and thinks what one thinks, is simply a redeeming construct when it comes to coping with the world, and with human society. There are many instances of the concept soul, though the prototypical one could be the Christian-ish half-translucent spirit-like feet-less entity that defines the fundamental identity of a person, with the ability of going to heaven. To trim the features down and to potentially find the point of convergence between various versions of this concept (if indeed be in the same category), the proposal is that a soul comprises of 1) a predominant part of a person’s identity 2) can think, feel, remember and learn … in other words, most of our mind’s abilities 3) potential for transcendence 4) uniqueness and universality, meaning each and every person has one soul unique to their own.

Now, there are a lot of things to unpack here, therefore in order to not get lost in the analysis, I continue with my statement first: this concept of soul is fundamental and necessary to our contemporary humanistic values with which we organize our societies.