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The poem Body Shadow and Spirit brings up a time-honored question of what one is living for in life The poem also shows that internally these three parts are arguing with which one should be remembered for should it be ones actual body flesh ones shadow what you will be remembered for or ones Spirit what lives inside of you This poem is written on Toa Chiens opinion and beliefs about what is important in life In return I believe that the only thing that one should live for is spirit the actual presence that lives inside of ones self underneath ones body flesh and ones shadow fame The spirit helps one do what is morally right acting as a guilty conscious If in life one lives in the flesh one is just building up ones self here on Earth and will not take that with one when one dies Flesh is actually ironic because when one dies everything that one made ones body to be when it was alive is now a rotting piece of mass This flesh will also constitute what one does with ones body If one does do drugs smoke or put alcohol into ones body this is undermining all that one would be if one lived for the body Another thing that makes it unwise to live for ones body is that when one dies the only thing that one takes with them is their spirit no one cares about what one looks like for eternity but here on Earth for this minuscule time that we are here we seem to think that this really matters This is why one should live for the spirit and not the body Not only should one not live for ones body but also one should not live for ones shadow This shadow according to Toa Chien is a substance that is only concerned with what they are They are concerned with what other
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