Somewhere around 500 BC, a brilliant Greek mathematician and philosopher named Pythagoras was walking along a street in Croton when he came upon a man abusing a dog. He demanded a halt to the mistreatment by proclaiming that the dog was the soul of a friend, claiming he was certain of it when he heard the dog's voice.
Pythagoras believed in metempsychosis -- the passing of the soul at death into another body, either human, animal or plant.
Scholars and philosophers such as Plato, Arthur Schopenhauer Friedrich Nietzsche, Carl Jung, Leo Tolstoy, Albert Einstein, Jorge Luis Borges, Erwin Schrodinger and Sigmund Freud also believed in metempsychosis.
This doctrine is prevalent in Eastern religions, including Buddhism, Hinduism, Jainism and Druzism, as well as ancient Greek philosophy, Celtic religion, ancient Druids, Wiccans, Theosophy, Spiritism, Gnosticism, Hermeticism, Rosicrucians and many other belief systems.
The human soul is an advanced stage of the evolutionary process. This individual spirit (human soul) has the capacity to advance beyond the present form of a 3-dimensional creature in a Third Density plane of existence. Higher levels (dimensions) can be reached by the soul through the advancement of individual purity and benevolent intention (a unity consciousness).
When an animal (such as a dog) develops a sense of self-awareness it has the potential to advance into human form in a subsequent earthly life.
Domestic animals develop a sense of self-identity when exposed to loving, caring human beings. They may overcome their natural instincts to blend in with the human experience around them. Thus, the domestic animal actually advances in a spiritual manner.
The most intelligent life-form on Planet Earth is the whale. Dolphins are next. Unlike a human being, a dolphin brain functions at 100 percent.
There are human beings on this planet who actually believe that animals have no feelings, no emotions, no intelligence. They chain their dog to a tree and ignore its existence the bulk of the time.
China hosted the 2008 Olympic Games. In an effort not to offend civilized human beings arriving in China for the event, 112 designated Olympic restaurants were ordered to remove dog meat from restaurant menus until after the civilized human beings had returned to their civilized countries. The Beijing Catering Trade Association blacklisted the restaurants that failed to cooperate, however they made an exception for dog meat "for medicinal purposes."
Dog has been eaten in China for at least 7,000 years. It is sometimes referred to as "fragrant meat" or "mutton of the earth." An estimated 300,000 dogs are killed in China annually and processed for meat. Some of it is exported to Korea.
Chinese factory farms import large, docile breeds, particularly St. Bernards, which are then cross-bred with local dogs, and raise them under horrendous conditions, grouped extremely tightly in stacked cages. Rather than simply killing the dog for processing, they slowly torture it to death over a long period of time, claiming the adrenalin rush gives the meat more flavor.
A dog is a domestic animal whose main purpose in life is to love and please their human companions. It may also be a potential human being.
My goal in life is to be as good a person as my dog thinks I am.
Quote for the Day -- "No philosophers so thoroughly comprehend us as dogs and horses." Herman Melville
Bret Burquest is the author of 8 books, including THE REALITY OF THE ILLUSION OF REALITY, ORB OF WOUNDED SOULS and PATH TO FOURTH DENSITY (available on Amazon). He lives in the Ozark Mountains with a dog named Buddy Lee and where animals are people too.