Source of Immaterial Soul.
 
I think the source of the idea of an immaterial soul comes from the basic mechanism of the way our consciousness naturally project itself into the future. As beings already situated in a world, our brain and nervous system have, through evolution, produced a future-seeking mechanism that is always one step ahead of itself. It is one of the sole purposes of the brain – to be one step ahead of the rest of the body and to conceptualize as well as ‘live’ in the future so that we can plan, dream, and hope in order to actualize and materialize our desires. We are always living in the future and thinking about the future, as we seldomly pay attention to what’s presented in front of us at any given moment. We are always thinking about the next year, and what our goals are for the future. During weekdays, we are always thinking about the weekend. When we are sitting in the movie theater or in a concert, instead of paying attetion to the show in front of us, we tend to think about our plans after the movie. When we are sitting in class, we are always thinking about what we are going to do it’s over. When I eat a peace of chicken nugget, I am always thinking about the next piece and what it will taste like. I can never taste the one that’s already in my mouth.

We are always creating and projecting a void of trajectory into the unknown future and the imaginary, in which we attempt to fill with the materiality of actualities and actions. But once that void is filled, we once again become dissatisfied and discontent, and new trajectories must be once again projected ahead of our flesh and bodies in order for desire to keep itself afresh and content. The hopes and projections of anticipation make up who we are, and our bodies and minds are merely the manifestation of future desires. This is how we progress individually and collectively, by always seeking out and acquiring into the future in order to fulfill our personal prophecies to satisfy desires, hopes, and dreams. I think the future trajectories of our beings can be conceived as a bundle of needs, wishes, and impulses which are in various states of integration and conflict. Simply put, we are programmed to be consuming animals, constantly trying to acquire different and new needs and wants, and it is through the process of completing and satisfying our needs and wants that we move towards a state of being beyond our current levels of affairs. Different people organize these desires differently, in which various modes of intensities, qualities, and gratifications both give rise to and evolve under changing historical and political conditions and can never be isolated from other individuals. These ‘lines of future desires’ intersect, evolve, and intertwine, and embody with other trajectories in the world so that our collective unconscious and consciousness can progress and evolve both dialectically and organically.

Our sense of morality, empathy, and love can all be said to emerge from the intertwinement and synthetic movements of the future looking, anticipating, open looping projections of different nervous systems. We share the anticipatory trajectories with each other, as we are able to have hopes and fears for our friends and children. We cannot just turn off this future-seeking mechanism. And I think it is the autonomous, automatic, and overflowing desire to project our beings into the future that we unconsciously deny the end of our existences. When somebody dies, especially our loved ones, all those projections and trajectories that we engage in with others in the world are suddenly put into remains. It is the most natural thing in the world to throw our projections and desires beyond the boundary of life itself into the unknown void that we call death. When our loved ones die, we almost automatically extend their existence beyond the nothingness of death itself to a place where the notion of space and time, causes and effects break down and become irrelevant.

Death then becomes the continuation of life, synthesized through an organic fashion of materiality until an immaterial continuity is formulated. This process of disembodiment from the embodied is a way our consciousness cheats itself. When we try to imagine the unimaginable, certain images are conjured up to satisfy and fulfill the meaning-making system of our brains. People began to imagine ghostly, semi-transparent holograms that have an immaterial and inorganic placement in an otherwise mechanical, organic, and material environment. A mild inconsistency and discontent is thus created through the rationalization of the irrational, as we force ourselves to believe the unbelievable. This discomforting inconsistency could be highlighted and emphasized by the following question: When you are a kid watching Casper the friendly ghost, does it ever bother you that Casper can both fly through a wall and catch a ball?

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