I believe in soul mates though not in the context that there is only one person out there right for you. I believe in souls. The definition of “soul” varies a lot from a cheesy pop song to theological principles. Like hearts, stars, and diamonds, “ people find the concept of soul poetic. We want to romanticize it or use it in reference of emotion, intellect, and behavior. Setting aside etymology, we commonly believe soul as something incorporeal, immortal, and separated from the body.
I love the idea we are souls contained in bodies, instead of the idea that we are bodies containing souls. It changes how we see ourselves and how we see other people. Our bodies are just a fraction of who we are but it largely defines who we are in our society. This leads to white sovereignty, cosmetic surgery, and supplements promising youth and height. But why do we let our bodies set limits when the body is just a mere vessel? Our bodies alone carry history and culture that we have no control. But if we remove these, we are souls, naked and equal. Hence, when we are equal, we can consider one another as soul mate.
Hindu Philosophy has the belief of universal soul which implies we share the same soul. Ralph Waldo Emerson also believes in over-soul.
We live in succession, in division, in parts, in particles. Meantime within man is the soul of the whole; the wise silence; the universal beauty, to which every part and particle is equally related, the eternal ONE. And this deep power in which we exist and whose beatitude is all accessible to us, is not only self-sufficing and perfect in every hour, but the act of seeing and the thing seen, the seer and the spectacle, the subject and the object, are one. We see the world piece by piece, as the sun, the moon, the animal, the tree; but the whole, of which these are shining parts, is the soul.
Over-soul, from Essays: First Series, Ralph Waldo Emerson
Though I don’t subscribe to the belief we literally have an individual deity in us or there might not be a universal soul, I like the idea of collective soul and that we are all one. I’d like to use universal soul figuratively as implying connectedness, unity, and equality. It is a beautiful idea that whoever we are and whatever we are, we affect and infect the world.
As I think about depression, what people go through life, I ponder how can there be so much selfish pain in this world? One way to minimize self-inflicted pain is to forget yourself. The self is not a separate entity. It is one with the universe. We cannot escape depression. We have different kinds of crisis but there is no problem that has not been solved ages ago. Sorrow has no taste. It picks anyone regardless of class, wealth, appearance. We are more alike than we think. We defy uniqueness. We are soul mates.
If you need to crash, then crash and burn you are not alone.