We are finite, separate and neurotic. We strive and go crazy to become more important.

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“We tend to think animals are lower than us, but all the scientists in the world couldn’t design and operate a bumblebee’s wing. We can’t jump or run very fast, and we can’t carry vast weights like an ant can. We can’t see in the dark and we can’t fly except crammed in a noisy tube like sardines, which doesn’t count. Humans compared to animals are almost totally deaf, and we can’t smell a fart in an elevator by their standards. We are finite and separate, and neurotic, while the consciousness of an animal is at peace and eternal. We strive and go crazy to become more important. Animals rest and sleep and enjoy the company of each other. We think we have evolved upwards from animals but we have lost almost all of their qualities and abilities. The idea that animals don’t have consciousness or that they don’t have a soul is rather crass. It shows a lack of consciousness. They talk, they have families, they feel things, they act individually or together to solve problems, they often care of their young as a tribal unit. They play, they travel, and medicate themselves when they get sick. They cry when others in the herd die, they know about us humans. Of course they have a soul, a very pristine one. We humans are only now attempting with the recent rise in consciousness to achieve the soul that animals have naturally.”

– Stuart Wilde


Credits: Photograph – Themetapicture.  Poem/Quote: Sensual Starfish


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  1. Such lovely sentiments, and they ring so true to me. I constantly marvel at how my two dogs take each experience, each day at face value. They love without reserve. They meet every meal with enthusiasm, every walk with a sense of unabashed joy. Take pleasure in the simple things and savor your time with the ones you love. Yes, we have much to learn….

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  2. Thanks so much for sharing this beautiful post. Yes the animals have consciousness and a pristine soul, because they can love. The infinite lies into humans and into animals too

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  3. ophelia says:

    I am an animal! To me, thinking I am more or less is an illusion

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  4. yes, children and animals…..

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  5. I have recently lost the most precious thing to me. My best friend’ Ben my dog.’ He watched me when I cooked in the kitchen waiting patiently for his meal .He was adorable in every way even his manners were sometimes better than grown ups because he always let me go first where ever I went ! ,In the house of course. If I was not feeling good, he knew and would just comfort me. What a wonderful companion animals are, and how you miss them when they are no longer there. True we should learn from them. ! Thanks for sharing this post.

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  6. And all of that is exactly why I will never eat animals. They are our fellow beings on this planet…how can we eat them??? They are intelligent, sentient, peaceful beings.

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    • They eat each other….

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      • But they don’t force each other to live in cages before they are eaten…they don’t inject each other with substances to increase growth to an unreal size before they are eaten, they don’t take away the entire life of their fellow beings from birth until they decide it is right for a killing to take place. We don’t eat animals anymore as a matter of survival. Our society eats the enormous number of animals that are raised solely to be killed… to continue our spiral into gluttony, greed, and selfishness.

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        • Yes, I agree with all your points, but there is also the flip side. We don’t see all the cruel things that happen in nature either. In the old days (I mean a long time ago), people hunted for their meat and only what they ate was killed. I think that was a better way. I agree with you on all the other points though.

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  7. Reblogged this on Quote Bard and commented:
    Go Forth & Sin No More!!! :-)) Make Today Great!!!

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  8. Well Said & True! 🙂
    Thank You

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  9. Beautiful. Yes, Anneli, they eat each other, but what humans do to each other is worse – torture, killing, maiming …

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  10. “We think we have evolved upwards from animals but we have lost almost all of their qualities and abilities.”

    This idea makes James Hillman’s observation that instead of “growing up” we need to “grow down,” all the more relevant.

    I am doing a bit of reading about dreaming and how some cultures used their dream time to take on the subjectivity of animals they encountered in their dreams. Somehow, we moderns have lost a lot of precious insights and ways to be.

    Thanks for posting this wonderful reflection David!

    Debra

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  11. every word is so true–I keep looking for my soul’s peace–animals already have it

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  12. Watching a herd of elephants mourn is heart breaking. A baby of young elephant may stay for hours caressing the mother with their trunk. The young one has to make an agonizing decision, go with the herd and hope he’s adopted or stay with mother and surely die. Tears filled my eyes and the young one walked towards the back of the herd yet kept turning around looking at it’s mother. Some humans don’t emotions that deep. I believe soon we will loose the majestic animals for good. It’s hard for me, a huge animal lover to think people’s ego’s are so big they pay 30-40K for an elephant hunt. When the first mother was shot, she did not die and he walked up with his high powered gun and shot her again in the back of head. In the back as to not damage the front for mounting. I’ve done many things wrong in my life, I have tears in my eyes now. So many animals need us to care for them and we just keep taking from them. Sorry for going on, elephants are dear to my heart. Their wired hair and the long trunk. A trunk used for drinking, eating and showing love. Hi- David Great post.

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    • I can’t bear to imagine this (or watch). Thanks for sharing. Incredibly moving and touching. I am “Looking for the Light” here. It’s difficult.

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      • I’m so glad you put the post out there. So often people are insulated with their life they don’t look outward. I don’t have children or work so it makes it very easy for me. With all the other responsibilities it’s an effort. An effort worth it. If you run across a video about Chinese medicine, shark fins(very hot), tigers paw, rhino horn, they are animals being killed for certain parts of body for Chinese Medicine. I know it’s been around for 2000 years but the exploding population is wiping out these animals. It kills me a Rhino who is endangered already is killed for it’s horn. It’s more complicated but as an activist and lover of all animals, I think every nation has accountability. So to go on, you can see the passion. If you want to see some amazing work in rehabilitating chimps visit the Jane Goodall site. It is awesome to hear her talk about her experience and see what she is doing now. Have a great day.

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        • Thank you for sharing these insights. I have had my head buried in the sand, not wanted to look up. Not all that constructive. I know. I admire your intel on the subject. Thank you.

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  13. Reblogged this on Mistrz i Małgorzata.

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  14. You’ve just entered my cathedral. Thanks for praying with us today.

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  15. Elephants are my favorite animals (even though I’m not a Republican :). They seem kind and gentle, despite their size, and wise. I can’t bear to watch things that depict human cruelty to animals and sometimes find it hard to watch animals in the wild, killing for food. Human cruelty is the worst; we are supposed to know better.

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  16. P.s., that photo is heart warming and beautiful.

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