Ruminating on souls this morning — who gets one and who doesn’t. Most assume that all human beings get a soul, and many of us believe that some or most animals get one also.
However, it seems for as many people who believe that most mammals may get souls, and maybe a few select birds and fancy fish too, they don’t believe that insects do — or bacteria or even bushes. At the very least in the minds of many, there is limited soul distribution among living things. Some critters get ‘em and some don’t.
And for all of it’s lofty expansion in the last hundred years or so, science is still unable to establish clear evidence of a soul in any creature or in any plant. Science might be able to prove emotion and/or feeling in living things, but it can’t show evidence of a soul. The soulascope has not yet been invented. And of course, there’s that question as to where souls come from to begin with…
For a great many people, the only answer to the question of where souls come from is God.
With little investment though, I can create a soul in my own home. All I need to do is to put two dogs together who kind a favor each other, and let them get more familiar with one another, and within weeks of that, there will be a new soul in the house, perhaps a half dozen or more…
For my part, I believe that all animals have souls, including fish and insects. I regularly entertain whether or not plants have souls, but on that one, I remain undecided, but ever curious.
Also for my part, I believe that all souls should be treated as equally as possible, though in a complex and often chaotic world, that can’t always be the case.
A great majority of people in the world have no problem with the extinguishing of souls, all day long, so long as they get eaten or provide us with useful products such as shoes, costmetics, or some light-hearted amusement. This haunts me, ongoing, but I am guilty too.
Taking souls is acceptable for most, in order that we each preserve the soul within us, or advance the collective causes of all human souls. Again, haunts me.
I’m just thinking about souls this morning. In truth, I think about them all day long — always bubbling under the surface… Jhciacb
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