I'd like to think that we have a soul. I simply can't grasp the idea that something so complex as a human being can't have something more, something that isn't tangible, that makes us who we are. I picked the second option.
A metaphor is a comparison of relationships and takes the form of -
A is to B, as C is to D.
And so naturally metaphors don't exist anymore than comparisons exist.
But things exist for the purpose of comparison. In other words, existence gives birth to metaphor.
So your soul has been born from your very existence.
And of course, in the West, the doctrine of the soul has given rise to the corrollary that we are all the children of God and so we are all equal, in fact that we are all free and equal as well as sisters and brothers.
So the metaphor of the soul underpins the very culture of the West.
The soul is our treasure and delight and our most intimate possession.
I tol' you - a metaphor is a comparison of relationships. You use them all the time simply to speak. We take them for granted. They are right under our nose every minute. That is why they are invisible.
You are surrounded by an invisible cloud of metaphor like the Milky Way is surrounded by an invisible cloud of dark matter.
The Milky Way would fly apart without its invisible cloud just as we could never move beyond the literal without metaphor.
You might say that the literal is for reality and metaphor is for the imagination. And of course it is very important to be able to distinguish between the two. And that is why children play - to learn the difference between imagination and reality.
And as we become more sophisticated we describe imagination as the suspension of disbelief.
And the suspension of disbelief underlies all art and religion and even mathematics. For once we move beyond counting, mathematics is entirely mathematical metaphor.
Why, the only thing necessary to enjoy MBTI is the suspension of disbelief.