Is there such thing as a soul?
I've been obsessed with this ever since I had a small incident with my heart a month ago. I find I fear death more than I used to and am trying to come to grips with what happens after death. I am not religious (though I grew up Christian) and have mostly believed in reincarnation, but after thinking about it logically I am frightened at the concept that death may be the end of existence.
If humans have souls, then logically wouldn't animals also have souls as well? Are souls limited to physical beings with the brain capacity to comprehend them? That would be a physical qualifier, not a spiritual one. Therefore, to accept the concept that humans have souls, I would also need to accept the concept that rabbits, bugs, and plants have souls.
I've come to the point where to accept the concept of a soul, I'd need the accept the concept that all living being have souls including bacteria. If that is the fact, how are souls generated? Given evolution, when are souls created and inserted in living beings? Where do the wandering souls go? Considering the vast amount of living beings that have existed on earth over the course of billions of years, only a tiny fraction could exist within physical living beings.
If souls do exist, what happens to them after death? I'm not someone who believes in the concept of heaven and hell because its seems to reflect the physical world, but am open to ideas nonetheless. If reincarntion were true though, who decides which souls get to enter the living newborn? If souls do not return to the living, where do they go? Do they return to a pool of life in the universe? If that is the case, is that not the same as the physical body returning to the soil? An individual soul would lose its form.