Are evil people born without souls? One of our long-time Seminarians, a smart fella, played Anne Frank’s father in a dramatic production recently. He wrote me today with a theory that maybe Hitler was born without a soul.
Rev. Randy wrote:
As to the Holocaust, I truly believe there are those out there who are born without a soul. My Priest always said “even Hitler could be forgiven since all our tickets were already punched,” (spoken like a true Episcopalian). But I don’t buy it, I think the SOB was born without a soul. It’s the only explanation how anyone could be that unfeeling. Of course there are those who would say I could say the same things of slave owners, but to me it’s still different. Charles Manson falls in that category also. How’s that for Esoterica LOL. Yeah, I know your Right Reverendness is cringing.
I wrote back:
Oh, not cringing at all! I spend a lot of time pondering what as you know, philosophy and theology dub, “The Problem of Evil”. See earlier blog posts like this one for such ponderings and gripings. Well. The theory that some are born without souls does speak to the Problem of Evil. Hmmmm. Will have to ponder that… I already chew on the way people get souls in the first place. Are they reincarnated? Or are they newly stirred clumps of drops of soul-stuff — like everytime you pour a glass of water you get drops that may not have yet been together in the same place before. So much water has been thru the atoms-created-in-stars, evaporation/rain back down system. Maybe souls are made of soul-stuff and we are a hodgepodge of a bunch of other people, I sometimes wonder, not the same exact soul passed down. Maybe reincarnation doesn’t happen, but we have ancestral memories in our DNA and therefore we have all kinds of “flashes” of DNA memory of people in “past lives”. Okay, so if a person is born without a soul…. how does that happen, how does he live, etc. Wow. Food for thought.
Eckhart Tolle, whose work we are now requiring for our most advanced Seminarians (those in the Holy Orders program) says evil people are buried in layers and layers of dark unconscious ego. Their false mind-made self (the ego) is running their body and resorts to violence and perversion to keep its control. When such a one gets in power like Saddam Hussein, Pol Pot, Hitler, Stalin, heads roll. Unconsciousness, complete lack of awareness, complete lack of sensing the Presence, causes this crap. I am currently designing a study course of his book, A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose. This book is chock full of our type of alternative, esoteric “Zen” Christianity. Love it, love it.
Tolle’s earlier book is The Power of Now, but I recommend reading A New Earth first and then The Power of Now. The goal of a Seminary student is to become a spiritual teacher, A New Earth is truly a manual for spiritual teachers.