Unless you live on another plane you will have heard of Twilight.
Stop trying to deny it.
I am not ashamed to say it.
I like the movies.
I like the books.
They are not Tolstoy – personally I think he is over-rated. I can’t get past page 2 of War and Peace.
But this post is not about Twilight.
Then why the reference?
There is a quote in the book.
“and so the lion fell in love with the lamb”
The phrase of “the lion shall lie down with the lamb” is likely where Stephanie Meyer got the inspiration from.
It is one of the most popular quotes from the Bible. And yet it is actually a misquote. In the King James version, it’s the wolf that dwells with the lamb, and it’s a leopard that lies down with a kid, and “the calf and the young lion and the fatling together.” (Isaiah 11:6)
A lion named Larsens actually did fall for a calf.
At the Samburu National Park in Kenya in 2001 Larsens began looking after an oryx calf it stole from its antelope mother. Unfortunately another lion killed the calf, but Larsens went back for more. She allowed the calves to feed from their mothers.
So she obviously had intelligence.
But did she have a soul?
I think so.
Many religions say that an animal has no soul.
I have problems with that statement. Apart from Larsens I have seen too many instances of animals behaving in a manner that makes that statement illogical to me.
While we are supposed to have a soul – humans commit atrocities that leave me sick with grief.
On sheer grandeur of scale nothing can compete with the devastation humans cause to the planet, to animals, to our own kind.
Do animals kill?
Of course they do.
But never in the pursuit of religion or wealth.
Some say it is because they can’t reason.
Larsens certainly was able to reason the the calves still needed sustenance from their mothers.
I see the animals that live with me reason every day.
And I believe they have as much if not more soul than many people I know.
They also have the capacity for love with no boundaries.
Which is where I was going with this post. When I come across videos like this one I want to sing with sheer joy.
That’s what animals do for me. I hope that I do something like that for those who dwell in my home.
And you know – if Heaven has no place for animals because they supposedly have no soul – then I’m not sure I want to go there.