I make a claim: It is somehow a self-evident reality that there is a soul in every living and thinking thing, so there is a conscious mind in a body, it is consciousness and unconsciousness and ability to evolve and learn. But what is the thought and the idea of a being? To live without reason bound to one’s form without power to change one’s situation? If every living thing has the soul thinking and rational making are not necessary. Does soul make importance and worth as such? I ask because life as such does not make value, not even human life in the world today. Inequality prevails. We do not know whether soul lives on after death, but we like the idea for it to wonder and find another body to live in or with for soul to inhabit a place after the body is gone. Strange maybe the idea of soul doing something consciously. Soul to have a meaning as a soul. Is it spirit or soul or just life suddenly born in whatever form and obeying life’s circle and laws? Circle of visible bodies with spirits, wandering souls with us. For somebody to have soul means depth in person, insight in life and will to explore. A certain openness towards life, its mess and mystery. Clarity and fearlessness to face life, to make harmony out of disharmony, ability to express personality and originality. Soul is personal view, intellect and experience shared. Soul is mystery which is its beauty. We do not know. Something we wish to find out but do not completely never will. I like the idea that soul is simply to have a life therefore every living thing has the soul.
“Given the idea that soul is the distinguishing mark of all living things, including plants, the Greek notion of soul is, as we have seen already, broader than our concept of mind. For it is at least conceivable, and probably true as a matter of fact, that there are living (hence ensouled) organisms without minds, without, that is to say, desire and cognition by sense or intellect. (Plato appears to think that plants do have minds in this sense, because he takes them to exhibit desire and sense-perception (Timaeus 77b), but that is presumably supposed to be a matter of empirical fact or inference, rather than simply a consequence of the fact that plants have souls.)” Do not whip a puppy as it is a soul of a friend.