"Why do we mourn the death of an animal?
It’s because we have made a spiritual connection with the soul and spirit of that animal, or even the entire animal kingdom.
By comparison, we have no such spiritual connection with an inanimate asphalt road surface.
We may like driving on a smooth road surface, but we don’t form any loving relationships with it as we do with our fellow human beings or animals.
We may even get upset when the road surface begins to break up and gets pot holes, but we don’t mourn it, and immediately want to heal it and rush it to the vet for treatment, for we have no spiritual connection with it."
Friday, July 15, 2011
A Twisted Blessing.. Nay, A Curse.
I have a hypothesis:
The giving of animals for food, the so-beloved allowance from God after the flood, was a curse. Any day I would rather have a fellowship with creatures of another species rather than have the permission to slaughter them. For our callousness, perhaps, we were estranged from nature.
(Beginning of Genesis 9: "And the fear of you and the dread of you shall be on every beast of the earth, on every bird of the air, on all that move on the earth, and on all the fish of the sea. They are given into your hand. Every moving thing that lives shall be food for you. I have given you all things, even as the green herbs...")