We imagine the soul as a form going beyond any materiality and formed in a transcendental realm of purity, a state of unlimited possibilities, that cannot be tainted by external objects, nor, in any way, destroy spiritual essence. Now, if all things come from the self-contemplation of the Ego and if the Ego is the form of self-contemplation, than what is the soul? What characteristics would it own to isolate it from the Ego, to place it in an Otherness of which we have no knowledge nor explanation of its origin?
We occupy a system of reason populated by material objects which have come about due to a succession of events. C is to follow B is to follow A. There is little dispute about particular effects resulting from particular causes. Without this system of succession the world would be nonsensical. We wouldn’t know that putting our hand into the flame would burn us, nor that pouring oil
into our palms would cause them to slide around objects. These are not inventions of the mind, nor would they engender different results. Pure Reason is the ground, or law, of the operating system of existence in the universe.
The image of the soul is a product of the Ego that offers itself to the external world in the form of an individual body. Using reason as its modem, and want as its object, the Ego images the soul as the law of its existence since it transcends reason about why it should exist. The Ego, through its striving for reason, establishes the soul as an indestructible form of spirit that connects beyond the world and into a region where eternity begins and ends; where the “actual reason” for its existence is found and where the secrets behind its being are finally revealed. Moreover, it merges the soul with the Prime Mover of the universe and rewards it with an infinite existence filled with glory and endless happiness.
The soul as a political invention finds itself in the throes of servitude in which a “reasoned” argument is made about why the world is as it is. All governments, all rules and laws, are established around the idea of the soul, in that they qualify their power with the understanding that it will lead to prosperity and happiness; that this system, created by the Ego which created itself, and its many Egos, through an inner-contemplation, will deliver on its promises that it is the one and only way in which all people should exist, whether it be under a repressive regime or one that emphasizes personal freedoms. And, as it is with the imagination, its production limited to existing knowledge, States are formed and established using the soul as a an instrument of bonding with others. As a result, and prominent in all civilizations formed by natural contradictions, division and discord are born that clash with the community of people that have embraced the similarities of their egoistic pursuits. Through manufactured alliances, these revisionary forces create “blocs of images” of their idealistic and egotistical designs, as they manifest desires intimately attached to the succession leading from, and back to, the entrenched embodiment of their imaginary souls. From that point conflict may begin in the form of the “ungovernable,” reaching into the political soul and snatching it from an image of purity and coalescence, characteristic of the peaceful community of egos, and dispersing it into a newborn image of destruction and illusive spiritual despair.
The Ego creates the soul to express its peaceful intentions in a political community, while this community gives back to the Ego a political soul that is an image of a universal purity that leads to an existence endowed with self-contemplation contemplating the world around it. In its bodily form, it must be able to co-exist with other Egos to survive as its own self-image. In its pure form, it is its own self-expression before it is a being-in-the-world, and before it produces the image of its soul as its means to external commonality with the souls of others.
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