This is not about atheism as much as my other posts, but it does have a connection. There is no evidence for the existence of the soul. Yes, we have consciousness, but that is explainable via neurons firing in the brain, and everyday science comes closer to better understanding that organ.
So since we don’t have “souls”, i.e. magical separate entities created at the time of our birth, we don’t have “soul mates” either. I’m not saying there isn’t a person out there that you can feel an extremely close connection to, it’s obvious that there is, but what there isn’t is one person that a magical higher power has designated as your “other half”.
It’s extremely romantic, but upon closer inspection is absurd. I’d imagine when most westerners think of their soulmate, they abstractly think of them somewhere in the western world, yet all one has to do to see that this concept is absurd is to look outside the western world.
China is a perfect example of why not everyone has a soulmate. China is facing a demographic crisis. Their “one child policy” implemented in the 1980s has led to the abortion and mistreatment of millions of women.
By 2012 China will have about 40 to 60 MILLION more men than women. source This proves that there is not a single “soulmate” for every person on the planet. That is, unless you want to make the unwarranted claim that happy endings only exist for western couples….