Personal Philosophical Reflection on the Human Person
Human beings are beings that motion through life in search for a purpose; beings that are in continuous search for the grand truth –the truth that will answer questions such as “Why do we choose to exist, if the alternative which is non-existence seems to be much less of a hassle?”
In our search for truth, one of the most common concept tackled is the concept of death. Since all human beings will cease to exist at one point in time, it would seem absurd to try to achieve so much just to render them useless upon our death in this material world. For if we believe that after our death in the material world there will be nothing more, even the argument that we live for the people around us or for the greatness we feel because of success would be futile because the bottom line would be that we will all die and our relationships nor our successes will not matter.
I would then think that it useful to believe that when a human being ceases to exist in the material world, it should continue its existence in another world, for only then would it still be sensible for us to continue living.
With this, I believe that the human being consists of soul and body, in which the soul is not separate from the body but is separable from it and by separable, I mean that it can be separated for a span of time, but not for eternity.
Following part of Aristotle’s idea, I say that the soul is not separate from the body because I believe that a human being consists of soul and body, and if they are already entities in themselves they can no longer be the composition of the human being as one entity. Furthermore, if the soul and body are two separate entities then they will not be able to occupy the same space at the same time.
Also, I believe that the soul is not separate from the body because if this is so, it would mean that the soul and the body can then operate even without each other. I would like to oppose the idea that they can operate separately using two illustrations. The first is that if the body is separate from the soul, then a cadaver, or a dead person’s body, should then be able to continue its bodily operations even after death of the human; that is it should still be able to continue at least the nutritive and sensitive operations. The second is that the soul should be able to continue to perform intellectual operations, operations of self-consciousness even without the body. We cannot know for sure what the state of the soul is after the death of the human person, however we can say that it cannot continue to be conscious of a self because in order to have self-consciousness, there must be a self to be conscious about and that self is the human being compose of body and soul, and not only the soul. We cannot say that we are conscious of our soul because it is not something we know of for sure, and therefore we cannot genuinely “catch” or find the concept of the soul alone when we try to be self-conscious. Unlike in the concept of the human person which consists of both soul and body, wherein we can at least be conscious when the body and soul operate together, for instance we can be conscious of the operations of sensitivity.
Saying that I believe that a cadaver cannot continue bodily operations after the death of the human reveals my position in believing that there is something that leaves the human person upon its death; and my understanding of this thing which leaves is that it is the soul. This would pose confusion because one can argue that if the soul can leave the body then it would mean they are separate entities. However this is where I would like to assert my earlier point that even as I believe that the soul is not separate from the body, I think it is separable for a certain time and it is important to emphasize that I believe that this separation is not for eternity. I believe they are separable only at the moment of death. That is to say that upon...
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