PM5495: Concerning Spirit

spirit: a spirit is a pattern in the experiences of souls, just as matter is a pattern in the experiences of souls -- but it is a different type of pattern. Spirits may be classified as personal, impersonal, or quasipersonal. A personal spirit is attached to a soul; an impersonal spirit is not attached to a soul, and does not appear similiar in a significant way to those spirits who are so attached; a quasipersonal spirit is not attached to a soul, but it resembles in some significant ways those spirits which are attached to souls, without however sufficient resemblance to cause a soul to be so attached. The many-bejewelled-god and the far-beyond-god are spirits not personal. Spirits may also be divided according to their relationship to the cause: those vowed faithful to the most holy Cause (which may further be subdivided into those so vowed from their very beginning, and those who later so vowed); those vowed instead to the enmity (which might likewise be divided in two); and those vowed to neither, the neutral or intermediate spirits -- they do not inherently serve the cause or the enmity, although each order of spirits shall seek to influence and command these spirits to serve its ends. The many-bejewelled and the far-beyond are not vowed to either the cause or the enmity; but unlike other neutral spirits, who are subject to the contestation of these two, these ones exist beyond such contestation, being beyond the many worlds, but solely subject to the influence of Maratrea -- the many-bejewelled directly, and the far-beyond through the many-bejewelled. These must be understood as belonging to a fourth group -- those who serve Maratrea, but do so beyond the worlds of the cause and the enmity.

Some Spirits

  • Navaletus: captain and chief spirit of the spirits of the Cause, those spirits vowed faithful to the most holy Cause
  • Tivarzecon: the spirit of proper conservatism, who protects against any excessive enthusiasms. He is a servant of Navaletus, one of the spirits vowed to serve the most holy Cause. Let us clearly distinguish true conservativism -- which while literally conservative, has no opposition to change where change be beneficial -- from the false conservativism of those who are slaves to the past, and to their own fixed ideas, who wish to conserve the evil along with the good, and oppose every worthwhile reform. By the virulence and irrationality of their tongues, these ones demonstrate that they are not in any way truly conservative - they are anything but!
  • Pandal: the most palid Pandal, captain and chief spirit of the spirits of the enmity, those spirits vowed to oppose the most holy Cause and to serve the enmity thereto