The illusionary soul

I think about the soul a lot. Or rather for half of my life I have thought about what it means not to have a soul, and why we have the word and concept to begin with.

Certainly on defining difference between a rock and a dog is sentience. Awareness of other things separates a sentient thing to a non-sentient one. Being born brings about sentience. And being unconscious, in a coma or dead certainly changes a thing from being sentient to one that is no more sentient. At no time does a rock become conscious or dies (unless your believe in panpsychism).

So for me a rock has no more or less a soul than a dog has a soul. I am not saying a human or dog has a soul. I am saying the opposite —that a human or dog having a soul is an illusion by reason of being an animated object.