THE SPIRIT - PART II
THE WAY TO LIVE_DOT III (YOUR ROLE) // CHAPTER 23
Our soul represents our thinking, attitudes and desires. Our body represents our actions and the physical consequences—good and bad—of our actions. Our thinking and perspectives must come from somewhere. Those things must originate from something beyond our body and soul. Ultimately, our soul and bodies are followers of our spirit.
Every person who ever has or ever will walk this planet has a spirit. Having a spirit may give us a sense of morality. It may give us a conscience. It may help us understand that there is life beyond the present. But there is no guarantee that we will live a good life simply because we become aware that we have a spirit, soul and body.
If each person on this planet has a spirit that connects back to God, how do we explain the evil we see in our world? There are people who walk the face of this world and perpetuate evil acts, despite God creating them in his image. There are people who treat others with contempt and refuse to see them as created in God’s image.
Socrates and Plato believed that people are born good and that as we go through life, we forget our basic goodness.[i]We begin to do what is wrong and think that it is right. To counteract that, we must seek wisdom and virtue in philosophy, and only by those things can we attain moral goodness. Through philosophy we remind ourselves of what true moral goodness is.
The ancient Stoics believed that good and evil were purely personal judgments and principles. We cannot truly know what is objectively good, only what is good to us, and what is good to us is living by the virtues we select. They believe the evil we do is because of our inability to live by virtue, and the goodness or evil of others is not our concern because that is not within our control.