Thursday, January 6, 2011
The Divinity of Animals, Philosophically Bantered About
Scowl-Face talked in a couple of his blogs about The Divine Life of Animals: One Man's Quest to Discover Whether the Souls of Animals Live On, by Ptolemy Tompkins. There's a lot of wind in Scowl-Face's discussion, but I'll cut to the chase to spare your patience:
Do animals have souls? Do kittens have whiskers? Do little furry dinners run really fast when you're chasing them? Are slobberdogs annoying? The answers are self-evident. Why do people ask questions that we animals already know simply by living and breathing? "It's not what you look at that matters; it's what you see." (Henry David Thoreau) Reality is everywhere, and the underlying basis is there for those of us who are perceptive. The legendary cat Feisty (known as Daughter to her loyal servants) stared into space at nothing for extended periods, according to human observers. But Daughter saw what was truly there. You can, too. Just open yourselves to what is happening right now. Because, after all, isn't it always now?
Cauli Le Chat
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