Being sentient implies that a living being is aware of itself and its surroundings.
Being conscious- well, perhaps a fly is conscious...I do not know.
But does a fly have a soul?
Years ago, it was thought that only humans were sentient and had souls. I think this idea has changed- we now know that gorillas and chimps are sentient, because of the work of people who have taught them sign language. We know that dolphins are sentient and communicate with each other in complex ways. Even elephants bury their dead...Perhaps we do not have the corner on the market when it comes to "soul".
But how does one draw the line? What are the criteria?
I think this is an important question...I have had many cats, and I have seen them do things that make me believe that they, too, have souls. For example, I had a cat named Lucy, who was blind from birth. Lucy liked to retrieve socks. Sometimes, in the morning, I would wake up and find a pile of socks next to me on the bed. As soon as I opened my eyes, she would come. I would have to throw the socks over the side of the bed for her to retrieve, which she did with amazing speed and accuracy. She even could find clean socks as well. Unbelievable.
Lucy was showing me that she was thinking about her favorite game long before I awakened, and she would build up her "armory" next to me, and wait for me to get up and throw her the socks. This implies planning and thought. That is part of sentience and soul. Don't ask me how I know, but I know that all my animals had souls. Each was different in personality, and each impressed on me their unique selves.
It's a puzzle.
Have at it....:)
This is Lucy in 2006. She passed, sadly, in 2009. I still miss her.
I edited this question from my original one because it was a duplicate question. ♥
Does it matter? :P
I'm pretty sure for example insects are part of a certain kind of consciousness ultimately they are probably/maybe connected to the soul than oversoul structure..
Maybe you should ask yourself "what is the soul?"
Because most people are clueless to what it is.. the answer is: the soul created you.. the soul is your primary reason for existing.. the soul was told/asked/created you to "learn/experience things".. so the soul is kind of on that chain back/part to/of you..
This diagram is a example of some physical to non-physical structure.. you can see if it helps? on that answer
I think the bottom-line answer is yes... but I don't think that answers gonna help you much.. understanding completely the physical to non-physical interface structure.. even understanding animal consciousness (there much more connected than we are!) or insect is really outside of our ego abilities.. I'd just say give it a rest and just recognize that oneness, that reflection of yourself in their eyes :)
if you can remember what i said in the beginning about this: (o).
look at this video here is the hint that I give you (o) can you see it?
make thine eyes single concentrate and focus on that single spot in front of you that is not there.
to answer your question.
every one that is able to reflect as water as a soul.
here is a video to help you with the water understanding:
who is the observer and the observed?
Recognize what is in your sight, and that which is hidden from you will become plain to you . For there is nothing hidden which will not become manifest.
Let there be light, be the light that you can be, experience and enjoy.
I have heard of animals having group souls. But you raise an interesting point about sentience. This does seem to put a wrinkle on soul groups for all animals. Yes self awareness would be a separate individual soul. Maybe animals are evolving spiritually into single soul beings. They are becoming self aware, it seems.
I can see where this could be so. These animals that have self awareness and are gaining self awareness could be evolving on the spiritual level.
answered 15 Dec '13, 09:48
The word "soul" implies a duality that may not exist.
What do most people think of when they think of themselves having a soul? Is the soul the "ghost in the machine," the being that inhabits the physical body? And when the body dies, does this vaporous apparition return to whence it came?
Or is the soul merely a physical manifestation of that which already exists in the spiritual plane, an image that disappears upon death, a place where we allow our consciousness reside for a time, but from which we are liberated upon death? Is the body the apparition, in other words?
As humans, we see in three dimensions. But it is said that, in the spiritual world, there are four (or perhaps more than four) Time (the fourth dimension) has no meaning there, because you can see that dimension, all at once (like the wall in a room).
So, by way of illustration, let's imagine that there is a world called Flatland, and in this world live one-dimensional creatures on a two-dimensional plane. If I am a creature living on flatland, all I can see are points or lines.
What if my true nature was a three-dimensional being? What if my lifetime in Flatland were simply my intersection between Flatland and my outer boundary? In this model, the "infinite" plane on which people live would represent the physical universe, but the three-dimensional space in which spiritual beings reside would be the spiritual universe.
Other beings living on flatland would see me as a point, and then as a line, increasing in size until the line was the inner diameter of my sphere, and then gradually decreasing in size until the sphere of my being passes completely through Flatland and disappears (marking my death in Flatland).
Flatlandiers wouldn't even see my true nature (as a circle) in Flatland, because all they can see is the line he can see viewing the side of the circle so created where my sphere intersects with Flatland. But my nature (being a sphere) outside Flatland has not changed, and it still doesn't change after I leave Flatland.
This question is beyond our limit. We know human beings have souls, in fact, they are souls with the costumes called bodies. God is incorporeal (John 4:24); and we are created in His image (Genesis 1:26-31); and we are called His children. (Mathew 23:9); hence we are souls.
Regarding lower species, we need revelation from higher source to know whether they are also souls. Their pain-mechanism (which is obviously intended for the protection of each living being) is more or like ours. See what happens when you unknowingly step on to the tale of a dog or a snake! When I got a first-hand experience, I turned vegetarian--knowing how painful it would be for the animals when we kill them to satisfy our tongue for a few seconds!
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