"Soul-less" = "Light-less"
Soul = Sol = Sun = Light
I believe there is a direct connection between morality, the virtues, and one's physical health.
Your health has a lot more to do with light than you think. The age-old concepts of light and darkness coming out of both religion and philosophy can be merely metaphorical, yet they can also be quite literal when you know what you are looking at.
"Inner light" must be cultivated and nurtured on a regular basis. It the force or chi that moves you. It takes work that is both mental and physical. This electric force within you, which animates your body with "the light of life..." is made up of what modern science calls photonic light. (Just look up something called: "Photonic Health Light Therapy")
Science says: "Photons are the smallest and main components that make up everything in our universe. Photons have different sizes and energies depending on their wavelength. They are in the form of energy (a wave) when travelling at or near the speed of light and only act as particles with masses when they come to rest or collide."
"...in addition to electrical and chemical signals propagating in the neurons of the brain, signal propagation takes place in the form of biophoton production." Source
"Given the sheer insanity of our existential condition, and bodily incarnation as a whole, and considering that our earthly existence is partially formed from sunlight and requires the continual consumption of condensed sunlight in the form of food, it may not sound so far fetched that our body emits light. Indeed, the human body emits biophotons, also known as ultraweak photon emissions (UPE), with a visibility 1,000 times lower than the sensitivity of our naked eye. While not visible to us, these particles of light (or waves, depending on how you are measuring them) are part of the visible electromagnetic spectrum (380-780 nm) and are detectable via sophisticated modern instrumentation." Source
"Researchers at the University of Innsbruck have experimentally demonstrated quantum teleportation – a phenomenon that allows physicists to take a photon (or any other quantum-scale particle, such as an atom), and transfer its properties to another photon, even if the two photons are on opposite sides of the galaxy."
- Austrian Scientists Experimentally Demonstrate "Quantum Teleportation"
Date: December 15, 1997
Source: American Institute Of Physics
Link to original study
"We are electrical particle photons, and electrical signals are transmitted into us through the circuitry of the physical body. Everything in the photon realm is consciousness through electrical impulses."
- Bill Donahue, God is Photon
"Light is all there is. It is all we are really dealing with."
- Walter Russell, The Secret Of Light
"God is light."
“I am light.”
“Ye are light.”
This inner "light" system includes melatonin production via the pineal gland which regulates your hormones, the endocrine system, nervous system, sleep cycles (circadian rhythm) and your immune system. The pineal is the light receptor in your body. When the pineal gland is stimulated it produces MELATONIN (“light in the body..”)
If you live an unbalanced, unhealthy lifestyle, or are plagued emotionally with fear and anxiety that has not been dealt with or attended to, you literally will have that "light" process diminished over time and will be more prone to "living in darkness..."
Your view of yourself also has a major role to play. This view is ultimately conditioned by the level of either self-care or self-destruction that you express. If you treat yourself horribly and constantly pollute or mistreat your body, or if you create inner dialog (thought patterns) that ends up being mostly negative or self-negating, your true self knows this deep down and the ego then tries to repress the shame that comes along with this warped and destructive view of the self. That act of self-repression then can be a major factor in how one views the world around them along with all the people in it. Because we humans tend to project the internal condition of the psyche outwardly to the world, our actions in life are no longer motivated by "the light" of authentic expression, but rather an inauthentic performance that grants you no real benefit. Like all things, that which remains dormant grows stale and eventually dies out.
"Rage, rage against the dying of the light..."
People in such a state of inner confusion and "darkness" are easy to spot and are often more prone to immoral and contradictory behavior because they are no longer able to generate that internal light, they instead need to sustain themselves off of the "light" of others around them who can. Here for more on "Psychic Vampirism"
The need for approval is sadly often stronger than the need to be authentic. The reason these types externally project contradictory behavior is because they are really dealing with an inner contradiction which they are actively avoiding.
"We don't see things as they are, we see things as WE are..."
- Anais Nin
The physical health of your body and mind work hand in hand together and are in many ways directly proportional to your overall level of morality and virtue. It is said that "Fear is the cancer of the mind" and fear often leads to the path of "the dark side..." just as the diminishing of the functionality of your innate immune system leads to physical cancer of the body. Your pineal gland, which helps regulate your immune system, only functions optimally when you are taking good care of both your physical and mental health. The concept of "inner darkness" can be related metaphorically to a state of ignorance or internal blindness, or it can be thought of as being "in the dark" physically and literally, when you lack the "inner strength" (light) to generate enough personal courage and self-honesty to heal those wounds which are begging to be addressed and acknowledged; wounds that must be healed if optimal health is to be achieved, and hence: optimal morality can also be achieved.
"How you treat others is a reflection of how you treat yourself."
So it appears that what we call "virtue" is not just some old dead philosophical concept, neither are the various religious concepts of “spiritual light" and "darkness".
This is all much more literal and real than we may have first imagined.
Take care of yourself. It's more than worth it.
P.S. For more information on the nature of light, check out my new premium series on Esoteric Christianity and comparative religious/philosophical study, specifically the presentation "The Children Of Light" HERE