Jennifer (gaaneden) wrote,
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Souls, the Divine and Jealous Cats...

Continuing in train of intellectual thought, zunger and I had a really fascinating conversation at dinner which cumulated in the set of questions: If everything is connected to the Divine, do we affect the Divine? If no, what is the purpose of being connected with the Divine? If yes, what does that say about the Divine? This final set of questions stemmed from the discussion of such questions as How can you tell if a person has a soul? With or without a soul, is there a purpose to existence? and Do beings within a 'perfect' simulation have souls or not and how can you tell?

I tell ya, I really enjoyed this brain stretching conversation but I don't think I want to do it on too regular of a basis. My head hurts and I have enough to really think about to last me a while. I'm not use to cordially discussing and debating things I believe based on faith alone. It is much harder when you don't have empirical evidence to prove your point. (Though, I'm still internally debating the idea of whether or not having a creative idea, one not normally found in nature, is proof of us being more than just a set of reactions to response stimulus and more than the 'sum of our parts'... thus, proving the existence of the idea of a soul.)

Amusingly enough, after dinner, while cuddling on the couch, Sir Marmalade seemed to get jealous of Yony's attention and, for the first time, crawled into my lap, then sat on my chest, doing the (painful) "I love you" kneading thing on my bare skin. When he finally got off me, I was covered in orange fur.
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