Are we just a biological creature that has evolved over billions of years? Or are we a creation of God with a spiritual aspect to us?
I believe there may be a little bit of both. Obviously we are biological creatures. We are made up of our very physical bodies. But, to say we are just our bodies is to short sell us. We each have our own perspective and personality, both of which are unique to us and are largely intangible. How does a strictly biological creature have different personalities? If our brains are largely the same, or at least were largely the same at birth, shouldn’t we be the same personality wise at that point? The evidence suggests otherwise: I know for a fact that all babies do not have the same personality and any parent can vouch for that. So where does the personality come from?
Our personality is made up of beliefs, thought patterns and emotions. All of these are based in a non-physical world. Can we measure a belief? How about a thought? Sure, we can measure electrical signals in the brain, but how does that give rise to our subjective experiences? If the electrical signals firing in one brain are exactly the same as another brain, shouldn’t they both have the same thought? The point is, we don’t have the same thoughts. Each of us is unique based on our personality and it is primarily this personality that we perceive ourselves as, not merely as a “human being”.
Using the evidence of subjective personalities, some may point to the religious point of view now and declare that we are not just biological, but also spiritual creatures. The concept of spirituality tends to evoke thoughts of non-physicality, which relates to our subjective experiences.
However, the issue with the religious perspective is that it usually regards our physicality and biological nature as a curse, and perceives us as less than the “holy” spiritual realm of God and his angels.
I don’t believe that point of view either. How can we be less than a realm we access and actually dwell in all the time? Every moment of everyday is lived through our beliefs, ideas and imaginings, all of which are part of the subjective, non-physical portion of reality. Not only that, each of us live in our own subjective world of dreams, which are also the work of thought patterns and beliefs, every time we sleep. It could be said that we live in that world just as much as the physical world we see around us.
I believe that our physicality is actually an expression of our spirituality. My evidence is based on the fact that all we have to do is look to the composition of a person’s intangible personality to see how they live their life. We can immediately see how a person’s personality affects every aspect of their life. This includes their perspective, their body condition (health wise), their daily activities and the nature of their relationships, to name a few. So when a person changes, what we are actually saying is that their unique, intangible personality has changed, not necessarily their physical structure.
In conclusion, we are not merely physical creatures or spiritual creatures. We are both. I believe we are in the process of blending together both polarities to create a homogeneous view of ourselves. The rise of quantum physics in particular, with all of it’s “weird” phenomena, is partly attributed with the blending.