Is it the Body or the Soul?


Aristotle wrote a book. He entitled it De Anima or matters “On the Soul.” Now that is some deep stuff. Just think about it. When was the last time you thought about that? Do we have time anymore to even ponder such things?

Or are we too concerned about her new instagram post wearing those gym shark leggings and that #cascara latte from starbucks with her snap goggles? Ha. But seriously…it is almost laughable how smart the great thinkers were in comparison to us nowadays. And what’s even worse? They had nowhere near the amount of access to information as we do now. Yet…its all neglected. Take a look at this quote from De Anima:

It is not necessary to ask whether soul and body are one, just as it is not necessary to ask whether the wax and its shape are one, nor generally whether the matter of each thing and that of which it is the matter are one. For even if one and being are spoken of in several ways, what is properly so spoken of is the actuality.

-De Anima ii 1 412b6-9: “On the Mind Body Soul- Problem”

When I read this, I was literally blown away as to how introspective Aristotle narrowed it down. Why bother discerning whether we have a soul or body? He says it is more important to appreciate the actuality of the entire thing or trying to interpret its meaning in different ways.

This is the introspection and contemplation that we must attune ourselves to. Not what society is conditioning us towards. You see, Aristotle did things differently and that is why he has made it to one of the fathers of humankind. He questioned everything and kept refining his ideas to the point of “genius” in relation to the average peasant. This is what we achieve when we put our mind to its potential.