The usage of ‘Spirit’ is undoubtedly Hegelian, this is an admittance i shall own up to – but i support the term within the larger framework of a sociological perspective. I am far more concerned with the religious character of our lives; indeed i hold the opinion that one of the greatest ills committed by Religion has been its bullish tendency to repress our passionate natures. The religious taboo on sexuality, for instance, makes a criminal out of the human ‘soul’.
So what do i mean by the ‘Spirit’? The Subjective Spirit is the individual who lives as an indisputably social being. Their identity is that of the sublated self; what is essential is preserved – but they exist within the Civilized world and in the interests of self-preservation, present a version of themselves which ensures Human Continuity.
Do not forget – we exist as discontinuous beings. In the Profane World, our physical properties are absolutely different [our fashions stress this] – and in the immaterial, our souls all betray this sense of discontinuity. Precisely because we as different beings desire things in various manners to different degrees.
Nonetheless, we find it impossible to exist for ourselves in a state of discontinuity. Love at its most abstract definition desires everlasting continuity. Even work attracts us with continuity: our community in the work-place, the sense of purpose we experience from feeling as if we belong somewhere. Indeed, when the Spirit comes into contact with continuity, it faces the complex challenge of securing community, even with the increasing commodification of our lives [which has proven itself to become resentful of the community offered by symbolic exchange].