reply to post by gigaherc
Thank you for your thoughtful post.
Those of us who have known and shared our lives with animals have no problem with the question you pose; of course they have souls. They are also self
aware and have have remarkable reasoning ability. The difference is in how animals are treated by us. An animal with no socialization or that receives
no affection will achieve the full potential they were endowed with. Just the same as a human child will grow up maladjusted and often considered less
intelligent than his/her peers if they are treated in the same manner.
I have had the opportunity over the years to befriend several animals of species usually believed to be unintelligent and without true emotions, good
only to us for the flesh they give us. Interestingly those farm animals that were raised as pets, given care, love and interacted with daily developed
the same connections with their human friends as those we consider higher up the intelligence scale; one of the main reasons I try to refrain from
I have even had goldfish that wiggled, splashed and came to the surface of the tank to be petted when my husband or myself came into the room. They
did not display this behavior with others. Now of course the naysayers will adamantly tell you that they were simply responding to a stimulus that
they connected with food. Well, perhaps, but we only fed them at established times, (which they were aware of btw), so it does not seem that their
actions were ONLY related to feeding.
As for the soul? I believe any creature capable of love certainly has a soul and I suspect that even "lesser" animals do as well. Although, I will
be the first person to tell you I have no idea what a soul is or what it's purpose is in this complicated Creation.
I will share a quick story though that for me not only proves the existance of an animal "soul" but also the immortality of such.
We had a beloved labrador named Flower. She was my husband's best friend and had been his constant companion for twelve years when she became ill
with cancer and we had to make the decision to have her euthanized. Our family, my husband especially were devastated. We felt her loss like a keen
edged knife every waking moment.
Several years went by and eventually my husband started talking about getting another lab, but he was also torn because Flower had been such an
exeptional dog that he was afraid that he would forever be comparing a new dog to her memory. He knew this would not be fair.
I could see that this situation was really upsetting him and as I was going to bed one evening I asked the universe to send me some wisdom. Some time
after I fell asleep I was suddenly awakened; the reason not immediately apparent. I laid there for a minute and then turned over to find myself
staring into the beautiful face of our sweet Flower. She was sitting beside the bed, wearing her usual smile and wiggling for all she was worth. OK, I
said to myself, this isn't real. So I closed my eyes and when I re-opened them she was still there. She seemed so happy and alive. I thanked her for
the answer I had been seeking and she slowly faded away. I cried and cried, not just from the emotions involved from seeing my dead dog at my bedside,
but because the burden of doubt regarding a new puppy had been lifted from me.
The next morning I told my husband about the encounter and he, Mr Pragmatic, just went and picked up the paper, turned to the classifieds and started
writing down phone numbers. After several weeks of calls and trips to the country we finally found a beautiful, roly poly little labrador pup to come
share our lives. She was equally as special as her predecessor, smart, funny and with an ability to love that never ceased to amaze us.