rdc8214 wrote:These animals react to circumstances much like humans. They kill for food, fight for territory, and show affection for family bonds. These are all evident within our day to day lives. However, humans are able to contemplate the past and ponder the future. It is this ability that separates us and gives us our soul. Our body is a vessel of learning for this soul. Our environment is what it is to provide this learning. We are here to argue, agree and love, hate. There will always be people who mishandle religion, but somewhere else there are a greater amount of people who foster and promote it's growth. There will always be people who don't believe and that will always help people who do believe reaffirm what they know. The world will never be perfect we are animals as well as souls.
Think of it this way. If lions had houses, meat packing plants, and everything humans do, they'd probably act the same. I think the reason some believe animals don't contemplate the future, is because they do things humans don't need to do anymore. Like hunt for example. If a lion sees a meal, he won't have a need to think: "Hmm, should I eat this delicious buffalo, or go on being hungry". He'll just go and eat. But that lion wouldn't do the same if there were 10 buffalo, he'd be outnumbered. I saw this on a program. The lion attacked a baby buffalo, the baby buffalo was able to get back to his herd and the whole herd stampeded toward the lion, now cowering away. The lion actually did contemplate. He played out the scenario in his head. And he probably won't be attacking a baby buffalo that strayed a little outside his herd.
As for pondering the future, it's unknown whether they do this or not. We can't know what an animal's belief system is. Perhaps their only goal is to survive, and so is human's if you think about it. We simply go about it in a more convenient and easier way. We're hungry, we go to the store. Wild animals, however, need to hunt their own food. (Well, I can't speak for all humans. There are tribes that still survive the old fashioned way. Actually running after their meal until it tires out. Amazing.)
I think the contemplation, and pondering is really not how it seems. If you think about it, what we contemplate, is really just thoughts about how to get what we want in the now. Animals do this, just in a simpler/faster way. Animals may question their existence. Who's to say they don't? We can't understand them any better then they can understand us. I like to think every living thing has a soul.
So thank you for your posts they are entertaining and at sometimes enlightening, but remember to ask yourself "if we aren't here for a reason, then why continue to be here?" Keep living, keep asking, and keep loving. Know that we all mess up and that is what will help us get to be better. Keep looking out, but don't forget to look in. For truly the last mysteries are within, no matter how small, big, far, or close science goes.
I agree completely. That's all that can be asked of us.
Ohh and if you made it to the end of this i have a question "has anyone ever read about the aborigines and their belief that reality is a dream and our dreams are actual reality? I always thought that was interesting. Kinda makes me correlate the souls existence and the different spheres of learning that it travels through. Would we actually wake up in the same existence we fell asleep in if this were true?
Haha, look at my signature! I mean, I definitely think it's a possibility. Of course, I'm thinking more along the lines that our entire existence is a dream, and the dreams that we have at night are dreams inside of dreams. But these Aborigines think more like, when we have dreams at night, we are actually waking up, right. It's an interesting concept, and I think it's fully possible.