The human pattern combines the simplicity of the soul with the complexity of matter into a dynamic unity - into an image and likeness of God. This unity becomes a reality at conception when the soul vivifies and appropriates the genetic pattern of the parents. The developing life is now his or her body.
Biologists have observed many fractal structures in our biological makeup. For example, every cell of the body has the same basic structure with differentiation for each organ and every cell of an organ is slightly different from all others (e.g. each skin cell is unique). There is in nature an "infinite" number of detail variations.
"The soul may be defined as the ultimate internal principle by which we think, feel, and will, and by which our bodies are animated. The term "mind" usually denotes this principle as the subject of our conscious states, while "soul" denotes the source of our vegetative activities as well." (Catholic Encyclopedia) It is conscious and intelligent able to probe the mysteries of the universe and with an imagination capable of an "infinite" number of imaginary, artistic and technical patterns not found in the outer world. The object of the senses, external and internal, are sensible realities while that of the intellect is truth. The object of the will is the good in general with the ultimate good in the background of consciousness. The soul has also an innate sense of purpose, that is, it is designed to take a path in life or to fulfill its life potential. If an individual fails to decide on the path in life, married, religious or single, he or she will experience emptiness which one individual expressed as follows:
"Why so melancholic? Well, everything I do right now, seems to have little or no point other than filling up my time between work, filling up time between now and something in the future. I play frisbee, I meet up with friends, I play computer games, I go read comics, I go watch movies, I watch soccer, etc. All these are just things to fill up my time and feel happy at the same time. When I'm doing all these things, I am happy. But when I stop doing these, then I'm not happy, I feel down, and of course, more than a little empty. Sometimes, I feel this more acutely, sometimes less."
The soul is also pointed toward its final destiny which is the ultimate good or God because in God alone will the soul find ultimate happiness. The Psalmist expressed this truth most beautifully:
"As the deer
longs for streams of water,
My being thirsts
for God, the living God.
But the human pattern is not finished. At death come the dissolution of the body which was not meant by God from the beginning of creation. This is the penalty human nature has to pay for its revolt against the living God. In the end, however, God promised the resurrection of the body in order to restore human nature to its completeness. And this will come about because God has become man in Christ to pay the penalty for our sins. Let us hope that we will live a a good life worthy of the life to come.