“The Soul watches the ceaselessly changing universe and follows all the fate of all its works: this is its life, and it knows no respite from this care, but is ever laboring to bring about perfection, planning to lead all to an unending state of excellence—like a farmer, first sowing and planting and then constantly setting to rights where rainstorms and long frosts and high gales have played havoc.
“If such a conception of Soul be rejected as untenable, we are obliged to think that the Reason-Principles themselves foreknew or even contained the ruin and all the consequences of flaw. … And here it will be objected that in the All there is nothing contrary to nature, nothing evil.” ~Plotinus
I have to admit that I have never thought of the Soul as a watcher, ceaselessly watching what is going on and seeking to make things better. It does make sense that if you want to travel to another place, you must be aware of where you currently are, what path exists from this place to the place you want to be, and what obstructions you may face along the route. To do that, one must look around and be aware of what is happening in the world around him. We can only hope that the Soul constantly does this even when we have chosen to figuratively hide under the bed by sinking ourselves into fantasy games, fantasy movies, fantasy books and anything else superfluous that can entertain and keep us from dealing with reality (and the two weeks previous to my writing this have been full of the type of reality we tend to hide from because we don’t want it to be real.) It is also not clear from what Plotinus says if the Soul only does this watching after it has been awakened, or still does it while in the unawakened, coma-like state in which we find it when we are born on the material level in a body of matter. My guess is, it is only aware of the spiritual and can only become aware of what is happening in the fallen world of matter after it is awakened on this level. Continue reading “The Soul Watches”