FLASHBACK! KEW Episode 33: Soul

In this Episode I tried to get at what our ‘soul’ is. I’m not sure I succeeded, but I think we all can agree that there’s a part of us that can’t really be identified. The soul is not our mind, it’s not our brain, it’s not our ‘self’ (whatever that is, see Episode 34 for my attempt at defining Self), it’s . . . something else.

Sometimes I think the soul is real, other times I doubt it’s existence. Most of the time I know there is SOMETHING going on inside us that defines us. Our, personality? or something? It’s beyond our appearance, or attitude, or how we refer to a group of people (I use y’all and you guys interchangeably because I was born in the south but grew up in the midwest). It’s . . . . much more than any of those things.

So the concept of soul probably lies in the unknowable. It might be something we just don’t have words for or something we can’t quite define.

And none of this even addresses whether the soul is immortal, which many religions suggest. My point in this episode is really just to explore the idea of soul – that which we can speak about but not truly understand. It’s ok with me if the soul is something we’ll never define or truly know about. But most of the time, I feel like I do:)

Episode preview video here: https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=1110768896079673

Original post with podcast and YouTube links here: https://chrisburcher.com/2020/12/11/kew-episode-33-soul/

KEW Episode 37: Currency of Life

One of the things I think about most often is how we have to have a job to earn money to buy the time we want to live our lives. It’s like the life we’re born with is secretly conditional upon participating in this loop.

I’m not angry about it anymore, but I used to be. This forced agreement seemed unfair. Not that I didn’t want to work, I just felt violated having my life be conditional upon participation in someone else’s system.

So after I calmed down, I started thinking about how we measure the value in our lives. Which led me to money. We see money as the ultimate indicator of all of the important things. Of all the THINGS in life that can make us happy, we see money as being the most important. But it isn’t just about money. In fact, I was using money to leverage the other things I wanted. Most notably, TIME.

To me, time *should* come before money. It’s part of the universe (or at least we think it is, as we understand what it is). It was here before us. It wasn’t invented by humans. Time asks nothing, is consistent, and fairly equally distributed among species. And when it isn’t equally distributed, awareness of time is enhanced instead of taken for granted. All I can really do with time is try and understand I only have so much of it. Which becomes painfully more and more obvious as I age. . . .

In addition to TIME, I also value LOVE in similar ways. As in, if I had all the time in the world, and no loved ones to share it with, time would have less value. So some measure of love in my life is also important. So it’s also critical to my happiness to have love in my life.

And, sadly, if I had to rank my understanding of, appreciation for, and effort spent in pursuit of, I would have ranked money much higher than time or love for most of my life. It’s only lately that I’ve realized I want to prioritize time and love over money. For the rest of my life (time).

Unfortunately, that deal we make at birth about money doesn’t just go away. We still need a certain amount of money (and therefore lose a certain amount of time) in order to meet our basic human needs. There is a reason we rank money more highly than other things and that’s because it is ESSENTIAL to meeting your basic human needs. There are fewer and fewer ways to meet your basic needs without working and earning money. So life becomes this game of either needing less money or earning more money to hopefully meet your time and love (and other) needs. Personally, I’d rather need less money than lose more time.

I’d love to hear your thoughts about these currencies, and others that you may value.

Podcast audio link: https://pdcn.co/e/https://chtbl.com/track/CGDA9D/www.buzzsprout.com/530563/7175626-kew-episode-37-currency-of-life.mp3?blob_id=31009066&download=true

YouTube video: https://youtu.be/SuSOjGAVFB0

KEW Episode 33: Soul

Do we have a soul? If so, what is it? Is it God? Is it Awareness?

Though I learned a lot recording this episode, I still don’t have a definition. But I think that’s because the Soul is beyond human comprehension. We simply don’t have the sensory hardware nor the vocabulary to describe it. The Soul is beyond this Earth or these bodies.

But I find it SUPER fun to think about.

Making this episode took me on an hour long journey through my understanding of life and awareness. I used my Knowledge and Experience about biology and psychology and sprinkled in a little magical observation to reach, what I think, are some great jumping off points for further discussion. 

I hope you’ll listen and be inspired to comment or email me your thoughts. This could be a long-term thought experiment, for sure.

I hope at the very least you enjoy this adventure.

I do apologize, half of my video file was corrupted but the audio is fine. I couldn’t possibly recapture what happened during recording so I decided to release the video half complete (but with full audio). Podcast listeners will be unaffected. Thank you for understanding.

Podcast audio download here: https://pdcn.co/e/https://chtbl.com/track/CGDA9D/www.buzzsprout.com/530563/6754894-kew-episode-33-soul.mp3?blob_id=28474969&download=true or subscribe on your favorite podcast app.

YouTube video here: https://youtu.be/agV9Qupyvtg

Preview KEW Episode 33: Soul

My buddy Paul, whom I will interview as part of my upcoming Curiosity series, asked me recently what I though a ‘soul’ was. That planted the seed for this weeks’ episode.

While I haven’t really thought about what a soul IS, exactly, I had some ideas about where to take this question. In this episode I offer a pathway toward deciding whether a soul IS or ISN’T a real thing, and some explanations about why I choose to think we have souls.

At the end of the day, it’s WAY more fun to think things exist and try to explain them rather than simply choosing a thing isn’t real.

This was a really fun episode to record in the process I came to some pretty interesting new ideas. Thank, Paul!

Preview video here: https://fb.watch/2gtl8fXj9F/

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