21-year old Student Sells His “Soul” as an NFT

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Non-fungible tokens (NFT) took the digital market by a storm and nowadays almost everything could be listed, minted, and sold as an NFT—even a person’s soul.

In a recent listing in OpenSea, the largest NFT marketplace in the world, Hague art academy student ​​Stijn van Schaik, 21, listed his “soul” as a digital work of art, and it is available for purchase by anyone around the world. 

“Hello person, welcome to my profile… I am selling my soul on here. Feel free to ask me anything about me or my soul while I still own it.” – Stijn van Schaik’s OpenSea profile

Stijn listed his NFT as “Soul of Stinus”, noting that “For now it is mine. Once it is fully uploaded on the blockchain, who knows what will happen. What does it mean for a soul to be decentralised? Let us find out.”

Moreover, he created a website dedicated to this endeavor. It contains a contract that, in part, lists permitted uses of the soul. They include, but are not limited to;

  • Publicly claiming to be the owner of the Soul in question. 
  • Transferring of said Soul, in whole or part, to any person or entity, for any reason. 
  • Sacrificing or offering said Soul, in whole or in part, to any deity or spiritual entity. 
  • Spending or using the soul, in whole or in part, for some purpose which causes it to diminish in value, quantity, or substance or be subsumed into a larger whole. 
  • Transferring the burden, credit, or responsibility of any actions reflected in the State of a Soul from another Soul to this Soul or from this Soul to another Soul. 

However, no matter how good of the deal this was, the contract still explicitly states, “In the event that Stinus’ ‘Soul’ does not exist as an independent entity outside of the whole “one-ness” of reality as commonly described in some belief systems, and in the event that this belief about the nature of reality reflects actual reality, this contract will remain in effect for whatever period of time or non-time and to whatever degree that Stinus’ immaterial essence is distinguishable in any form, manner, or state of being from the sum whole of immaterial or material existence.”

Last night, march 30, Van Schaik’s soul was sold at 0.11 Ethereum (approximately ₱19439.91  as of writing) to an OpenSea user that states “politically controversial in the world of art” in his bio.

What are NFTs?

Non-fungible tokens (NFT) are unique tokens that are utilized to represent various types of digital assets like artworks, game items, skins, music, videos, books, etc that are verified on a blockchain. The contents of the NFTs are usually stored in a decentralized data storage platform. (Read more:  NFT Philippines Guide | How to Mint NFT Art | Top NFT Marketplaces Right Now)

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