What is a Soul?

What is a soul? 
From Allan @ PBSproducer.com DEC 05
What's a soul? Does it really exist? Where's the proof? One cannot touch it, or see it, hear or taste it, and none of the other senses recognize it. But maybe, just maybe this will explain it.
My son contracted spinal meningitis when he was two weeks old, and was hospitalized for thirty days thereafter. Extracting excess fluids from his fontanel prevented pressure on the cranial region which saved his life. When all was well they sent him home with no explanation of why. Two weeks later during a three AM bottle he was burning up with fever... the doctor told us to bring him directly to the hospital. He was diagnosed with a completely different strain of spinal meningitis, for the second time. Now they had to drill burr holes in his scull to release the fluids. Another thirty days in the hospital. The doctor told us there was an excessive amount of scar tissue on the brain and not to expect a normal child. Most likely he will remain in diapers for the rest of his life. We asked about the burr holes. The physician explained they would close as he aged. Not so. At age seven we could see his heart beat from the holes.
So you might ask... what does this have to do with a soul? He was once again hospitalized where surgeons implanted acrylic plugs closing the burr holes. After a successful surgery our son laid between my wife and me, preventing him from rolling out of bed as he slept. As we laid there one night, my son asked... "What was that long chrome thing with clamps on each side they used to operate on me?" WHAT? He went on to describe the devise in precise detail. Stunned, I called the surgeon first thing in the morning. After a substantial pause his response was, "Mr. Mason, do you believe in out of body experiences?" He went on to explain what it was my son saw, and added there was no other way for him to have seen this device, as he was unconscious before, during and after he left the operating room. Out of body experience. Just what does that imply? Something left his body, witnessed what was going on, then returned. What can do that? Something you can't see, touch, hear, smell or taste, but must have faith to be recognized.

soul /sōl/ noun
[1] A part of humans regarded as immaterial, immortal, separable from the body at death, capable of moral judgment, and susceptible to happiness or misery in a future state. [2] This part of a human when disembodied after death. [3] In Aristotelian philosophy, an animating or vital principle inherent in living things and endowing them in various degrees with the potential to grow and reproduce, to move and respond to stimuli (as in the case of animals), and to think rationally (as in the case of humans).

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