What is soul?

Posted by Al Hathaway Friday, June 19, 2009


Dr. W.E. B. Dubois, the sage for all ages, wrote in his seminal book, "The Souls of Black Folks" that, "one ever feels his twoness, -an American, a Negro; two souls, two thoughts, two unreconciled strivings; two warring ideals in one dark body, whose dogged strength alone keeps it from being torn asunder... this longing to attain self-conscious manhood, to merge his double self into a better and truer self." In the mind of Dubois, the better self was defined as one's soul.

What is soul?

For the Christian believer it is the life force or the spark of life that uniquely comes from God, belongs to God, and returns to God.

How is the soul expressed in one's lfe?

You find it in the creative instinct to produce something out of what is apparently nothing. The ability to take the raw gifts that God has given you and produce families, music, art, community, spiritual freedom, economic systems, academic institutions, and government structures. It's in the writings that are lyrical and poetic. It's in music that speaks to your inner being and illuminates your darkness and connects you to your anchestrial heritiage. It's in the stride of a proud people seeking to achieve in spite of the odds. It's in the worship and praise of a people who know that their God is able.

What is soul?

It is the spiritual force of a people who are transforming America and the world into a better place that is ordained by God.


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