There is an obvious challenge to knowing the soul with theconscious everyday mind. "The soul has its own set of rules, which arenot the same as those of life. Unlike the steady progress of history, forinstance, the events of the soul are cyclic and repetitive. Familiar themescome round and round. The past is more important than the future. The livingand the dead have equal roles. Emotions and the sense of meaning areparamount. Pleasures are deep, and pain can reach the very foundations of ourexistence.... The soul doesn't evolve or grow, it cycles and twists,repeats and reprises, echoing ancient themes common to all human beings. Itis always circling home. Gnostic tales tell of the homesickness of the soul,its yearning for its own milieu, which is not this world of fact. Its odysseyis a drifting at sea, a floating toward home, not an evolution towardperfection" (Moore, internet).
"Some of the odder things I've heard over the years, the most bizarre,is the idea that the purpose of pain is to teach. I thought that was maybethe idea that the pain was intended to teach the child the boundaries ofacceptable limits, say, to regulate the amount of it. But that isimply a limitation on the definition of pain. Maybe pain itself is notteaching, but it manifests a world of lessons. Some of the odder things I'veheard, is that the purpose of pain is to teach the child how to suffer. Ithought maybe that's the definition of pain, to teach you what it's like to suffer,and then you learn to endure it yourself. Or maybe that's not thedefinition at all, maybe it's just that in order for us to survive we haveto suffer in order to endure." (Moore, internet). d2c66b5586