This is a tricky subject. Everyone seems to have their opinion about this, and many people don't want to even think about this much (which is
understandable, because many people eat flesh on this planet, like barbarians that they are, and they don't want to admit being barbarians, so they
just don't want to think about souls or pain of the animals they mercilessly eat, eventhough their bodies do not even completely support meat as
nutrition, especially cooked meat that lacks all the (tiny amount of bad quality) nutrients that it might otherwise have).
Some simply conclude that animals have souls, but they are not as intelligent as humans, others try to struggle to explain what is _THE_ definitive
difference between humans and animals, and so on. Sometimes certain animals even feel like 'they are almost human'.. it can feel like an animal
individual is reading one's mind, even.
Well, let me introduce a theory that takes all these possibilities into account, and explains this whole mess so that no one should have confusion
afterwards (but knowing people's ability to accept new information even as a possibility, I predict the confusion will stay).
I stumbled into this theory, when I was trying to ponder about whether animals have Karma or not. I mean, why would cows and pigs (for example) suffer
the horrible fate they invariably do, in the slaughterhouses.. that are hidden from the everyday view of the masses? Do they have so much bad Karma?
(actually, I still do not have an answer to this one)
This is just a theory, and I only take it as a feasible possibility, or more like 'very likely possibility', but if there's a better theory, I
would like to reconsider.
It's all about the journey of the soul. Let's say there's a Divine Being. It was once all there was - in fact, it formed the whole Universe out of
itself, and that was simply sparkling bright light with an intelligence. But my guess is that omnipotence+omnipresence+omniscience can be quite
boring, because it's so perfect. One comic strip artist then once wrote in his book, that the Omnipotent being can only want 'death', because it
has experienced everything else - or more accurately, can experience anything else at will, very easily, and it's boring. Only non-existence would be
a 'new and exciting experience' for an Omnipotent being. In his theory, that's how 'big bang' happened - the Omnipotent Being killed itself.
My theory is a bit different - in my viewpoint there's another alternative - killing oneself is not necessary. Just simply SPLIT yourself in many
parts, only one (or half) of which is conscious (and omni-everything), and the other half has forgotten and is completely clueless. That way you can
experience what it's like to be only 'somewhat potent' and 'not very scient at all', and most definitely 'locally present' only. But at the
same time you would retain the omnipotent half to help the other halve's journey. And once the other half has gone through the whole experience
rainbow you have created for it, it's now brighter and richer and more exciting, "elevated" or "developed", which is very satisfying. And, now
it's the other halve's turn! (Of course this is a simplification, my theory is really more complicated)
So, this being the case, the Omnipotent being divides itself into small, "independent", very amnesic parts.
At first, a 'newborn soul' that's "separated" (though not REALLY separated) from the father-being, needs to learn the basics of the physical
dimension, of which it has absolutely zero experience. So at first it incarnates as very large and simple things, like mountains, oceans, forests et
cetera - very slow, simple, large manifestations that do not require much movement etc.
The second stage would be plants, bushes, trees, and so on, and throughout plantlife, until the soul has been incarnated many times and has learned
enough to be born into something more challenging.
Third stage would be then groups. Groups of insects, schools of fish, even certain birds. This means that ONE soul is "divided" into many in a group
(which would explain the way schools of fish and flocks of birds can move "as one"). In other words, it's like a 'group soul' that these animals
Fourth stage would then gradually lessen the number of animals in a group, until the last stage is achieved..
Fifth stage would be "twin" animal group. For example horses, dogs and such. This is a peculiar stage compared to the others, because if the other
animal dies, the soul now occupies fully only one of the animals. Which means it has now reached the "individual soul" stage. If it's the last
incarnation as an animal, before human, it means that the soul -becomes- a human at this point, while still living inside an animal! This explains why
some animals feel like real individuals, while others do not!
--- to be continued --