Speak Your Mind: Going Once, Going Twice…Soul’d!
Like an increasing number of people, I identify as an atheist/agnostic (depending on the day). As such, I don’t believe that human are imbued with an immortal soul. I’ll use the phrase “selling your soul” to mean selling out or turning on what you believe in, but I don’t take it literally.
Last week I heard an episode of Freakonomics, an economics podcast. The episode was titled “Soul Possession,” and it looked at the economics of purchasing a soul. That was interesting and all, but I was more taken in by the story of a man who has been trying to sell a soul for 10 years and couldn’t find a seller. He was surprised that despite making the offer to atheists, no one took him up on it for a decade.
This got me thinking, Would I sell my soul? Like I said, I don’t believe that I have one. But the thought of it still gives me the willies. What does it say about me? I know intellectually that this would be a financial windfall; money for nothing. But, I don’t know…
Would you sell your soul if you believed you didn’t have one? Does the thought kind of weird you out? How much would you ask for it? If you bought a soul, would you resell it?
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