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I think that the immortality of the human soul can be established in a demonstrative way by philosophical reason through a sufficiently deep analysis of intellectual knowledge of free will and of disinterested feelings such as that immortal instinct for beauty of which Poe and Baudelaire spoke Here we are confronted with spirituality or intrinsic independence from matter And the spirituality characteristic of the activity in question makes us conclude to the spirituality of its first principle - that is the soul Now a substance that is spiritual is indestructable But this philosophical demonstration however cogent in itself puts into play most abstract and difficult notions There is in man I think another certitude of his own immortality a certitude born of the instinctive non-conceptual functioning of intelligence in the obscure experience each man has of his own Self intent on existence and struggling with Time which must be in some unknown way superior to the stream of Time and of phenomena The funeral rites of primitive man witness to this natural instinctive pre-philosophical knowledge of immortality which took in him forms adapted to the state of a thought dominated by mythical imagination But as Lecomte du Nou observed the more a belief is ancient in mankind the more we should pay attention to it assuming that queer and coarse as its various expressions might have been human nature is somewhat a warrant of its value And this natural instinctive pre-philosophical knowledge of immortality exists I think in each one of us in an unconscious or preconscious state inexpressible in terms of conceptual reason but rooted in vital experience It exists in those whose conceptual reason denies immortality as in those whose conceptual reason affirms it And without such instinctive certitude we could not understand the manner in which men both cherish their life and expose it to all kinds of dangers Yet when belief in immortality is conscious and reasoned out it makes man
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