I remember reading this "spiritual" aimed mainly at the concept of the human soul but it also touched on animal souls and the authors beliefs on that subject. My aunt had gotten the book for me after I had a bad accident an was hospitalized for a couple months. I believe it was called "Seat of the Soul". I could be wrong it was a long time ago. Going on 12 years now
Anyway...the authors stance on animal souls compared to human souls, was that each animal does not have has it's own individual soul like humans do. The author believed that each animal's soul was a small part of a single collective soul. Like there's 1 single Dog, (or canine?) soul, and only one. and every dog is just a piece of this single larger soul.
It was a strange theory, don't really know how the author came about the theory, again I only read the book once and this was back in 2000. But yea the theory was each human soul was comparable to say the single "canine soul". I guess the author was trying to place a big emphasis on how human souls not only outnumber animal souls billions to 1 for each animal "soul" I guess somehow this made a human life and death extremely important. The book was geared toward existence after death through the soul ect... I didn't really agree with that one theory in the book, but some others I remeber being good.
But saying only humans haveing individual souls while every other creature was just a small part of a single soul. Like 1 soul for fish, one for cats, and one for bears ect. But each human had a soul that was comparable to the single large "cat soul" It seemed very egotistical to me, that way of thinking, trying to make the human soul to be more important. But I remember it being an ok read it was a short book, and it had some good ideas, this collective animal soul thing was just not one of them in my opinion. Like I said at the start I believe animals, and all living creatures have souls. Maybe there is a pecking order, like the soul of an ant might be smaller and less significant than that of a Human who knows, maybe not, but I do think each creature has it's own individual sould. I can't agree with an animal "Collective Soul" theory.
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