Good evening, Ron Gold here:
I finally got around to reading Hemant’s book, I Sold My Soul on eBay (a good read, you can buy it on the sidebar). Even though Hemant didn’t actually sell his soul, only his attendance in different churches, the book has still inspired me to share the story of when I tried to sell my soul.
I was around 11 or 12 at the time, but even at that young age, I had a variety of reasons for wanting to sell my soul. I had a burgeoning awareness that not believing in God made me different than most of my classmates, and my instincts told me to take advantage of this fact for monetary gain. Also, I must have been influenced by the episode of The Simpsons where Bart sells his soul. But mostly, it was a way to get some badly needed pog money.
Since selling my soul could only be done once, I had the brilliant idea of dividing it into 100 shares that could be individually purchased at a bargain price. I advertised my deal on the school bus, that great elementary bazaar.
Unfortunately, business was not very successful. Maybe two or three of my friends who thought it was funny bought a share of my soul, but I soon realized there was no fortune to be made. When I gave up, I had made maybe $1, though on the bright side, I retained majority possession of my soul. Realistically, I was probably destined to fail, because 6th graders just don’t have much money.
Although my disbelief in the concept of a soul continues, I don’t think I would sell my soul today unless it was for some obscene amount of money. It’s not that I see anything wrong with the selling of souls, it just seems like it’s a way of rubbing one’s disbelief into the face of believers. And God knows that I don’t like it when religious people push their faith onto me.
If everyone out there doesn’t mind sharing, I’m wondering what all of your opinions are on the ethics of soul selling. Those who don’t believe in souls, would you, hypothetically, be willing to sell yours? And those who do believe in souls, does this concept offend you at all? And finally, what kind of person would want to buy a soul?