I have before noted that the soul plays a part in the ‘essence’ of mankind by supplying emotion and instinct to the mind in order to create a conscience that has its place in decision-making. I may have to double-back on the topic a little, that is if we are to suppose in a third metaphysical part of a human, beyond the spiritual, yet wrapped up quite within it: heart. Or, rather, what the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) calls ‘heart’.
It is in the language used where I come across one of my disagreements. ‘Heart’, to me, implies the physical organ that pumps blood around the body. Thus, if we are to adopt the theory of the CCC, I require a second term. Whilst the Latin word animus has its purposes in many translations, here I choose it for the state of emotion.
Now we come to my second disagreement. State. Granted, the CCC suggests that the animus is necessary in order to choose whether to follow God or not; yes, this may be so, but this is a great conscious decision, which I belief involves more of the mind that the Church allows for. Why? Because the mind is a very selfish thing. Even when looking at it from a Cognitive viewpoint that the computer requires self-sufficiency and the warmth of other monitors, we see that it is in human instinct (or ‘programming’) that we look to ourselves.
So from where does this nature to turn to God come from? Whilst the CCC states that it lies in the animus, the heart, I think this puts too much weight on the heart as the core of human essence.
In the times of the Greek philosophers, there still existed a term called ‘ensoulment’ – that is when the soul entered the body during the first nine months of life. With or without religion, the soul appears to be the key consistently. Thus, it is to the soul that I turn. I have always imagined the soul to be rooted or entwined with the physical heart, but it is possible that soul in itself (anima, to use the Latin) actually has no fixed position in the body and no fixed physical equivalent, thus it is able to roam throughout. That card is still to be played, in my opinion.
For the moment, let us keep that the soul and physical heart are connected across the metaphysical-physical boundary. Where, then, does the animus come in? Because of the soul, I still stand that no animus is truly needed as an individual state; that is, that it comes directly from the soul. Whilst the conscience relies on both soul and mind, the animus relies on soul alone, but must transfer itself to the conscious mind, otherwise a believer would not have the ability to use their free will. I know that I choose God – why? I don’t truly know. To say it feels ‘right’ is not quite the best answer, but maybe that is the emotion brought from Him and channelled through the animus of the soul.