The Value of the Soul

Motto of the day
The superior man loves his soul; 
the inferior man loves his property. Confucius

Definition of soul

 

The soul is the part of a living being that consists of the mind, character, thoughts, and feelings. It is the spiritual part of a person that some people believe continues to exist in some form after their body has died.

Soul?

 

Humans are born with a soul. This is claimed and few deny it. But, who has seen it, the soul? What we notice from the outside is how a person behaves. We suspect what he is inspired by.

“And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your soul? What will people give in exchange for their lives?,” said the carpenter from Bethlehem.

Whenever we fall short of our professed moral norms, we sell a little bit of our soul. A deal with the devil is a cultural motif, best exemplified by the legend of Faust and the figure of Mephistopheles. He is essentially a tragic figure who makes a morally wrong choice. Are we are more clever today? What do you mean? 

*Note

 

I select the motto of the day mostly because something about it appeals to me. Something attracts me or irritates me. It feels as if it could contain something and I want to get to the root of it. So I dedicate a motto to each day and let myself be surprised what it has to offer me.

Sometimes the reason for the choice clarifies itself only after a while. That's why the thoughts about the motto of the day are often not articles, but associations. They are thoughts transformed into words. They are spontaneous and I also publish them frequently while I am traveling. They, therefore, tend to appear in fragments. Feel invited to add your associations in the comments. Enrich the thoughts with your perspectives – to complete the picture.

 

 

 

How do you benefit best from the motto of the day?

 

Ask yourself constructive questions like the following and you will personally benefit from each motto of the day:

 

  • What triggers the topic in you?
  • Under what circumstances do you agree with the statement and when not?
  • What is the significance of the statement for you?
  • How can the motto of the day enrich your life?
  • In what context could the statement be useful?
  • Where and when do you want to remember it and how?

 

 

And what can I do if I disagree with a motto? There is often something personal to learn from quotations with which we disagree. Helpful questions in such a case are:

 

  • What do you specifically disagree with?
  • Do you think the statement is generally not helpful or only not suitable for you personally?
  • Which aspect is worth taking a closer look at?

P.S.

 

What is the value of the soul? Where and how can immaterial values ​​be valued even more today?

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  1. This is so true!

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Published: November 2, 2010
Author: Karsten Noack
Revision: August 14, 2019
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