What I am about to tell you is the result of a genuine revelation for me – though it is probably not a discovery at the same time. Somebody smarter is bound to have revealed it for a while already. (And, to tone down my own discourse, there is nothing mystic in its appearance, as it basically happened after the fourth consecutive episode of Dexter).
It’s about being human. I do believe in the existence of the soul, as a notion, but I have never gone so far as to define it in any certain functional way. That is, I have never sought to ascertain in which way, or ways, it interacts with our lives. Until now. And my revelation is comprised of no less than three facets: the code, the mechanic and the species identity. However, ultimately, the code remains as the first and foremost attribute of the soul.
But let us get started: the code is a repository of rules which is either forced upon us or learned of our own accord – but equally binding for all our intellectual processes. They are not part of the sacred, although they can be caused by religious or spiritual factors; they are not essentially moral, legal, or instinctive. And they do not necessarily belong to a group of us. Clothes, speech, honour, lying, or lock picking, can be such rules. They are learned and applied in a similar manner each time, with a whole paradigm behind. What they have in common is that the individual to whom they belong will apply them constantly in the situations for which they have been designed. To dislodge them, it would take an effort focused particularly on this task (either self assumed, or exterior) of a sufficient magnitude, that it would change the person essentially no matter how it would be applied. Each part of the code is a rock of the Moon which is so solidly bound to it that you need to break the Moon apart in order to collect it.
The mechanic is a manipulator of intellectual processes – an intermediary. Since we cannot access the code in a deterministic way, some entity inside us must. That entity must decide to build inferences, inductions, feelings, desires and relations inside our decision pool, so that, according to the code, we sway to one direction or another. Then, our own chemistry and the conscious ticking convert the mechanic’s work into our actual results – which is a non-deterministic process. The mechanic is also the vessel which contains the not yet crystallized parts of the code. It builds the code step by step.
And finally, the species identity is the part of the code which is common to many of us, at concept level. That does not mean identical, by any means. We all have the notion of „good”, but different goals and perceptions for ourselves, in the sense of that notion. This concept is part of our species identity, and according to our codes, we can relate to one another from its perspective. We can admire a person who is better than us, and scorn a person whom we consider a villain. Our reactions are often based on the species identity. The way we perceive our existence has the same origin. In particular the way we perceive the end of our existence.
A person has this dialogue with God: „- Have you achieved the things I asked you, during your life? – asks God. – But Lord, when have You asked anything of me? – Each time one of your own kind has asked you a favour in good heart, they were sent by Me”.
And then the person ponders and tells God how many times he did His bidding and how many times he did not.
And that is a good measure of one’s soul: because, once all filters have been put aside, one judges the cost of each action, along with its intent and consequences, by their own code – which is thus made unique.