Sunday, April 26, 2015

Ducks Fly Together and So do Their Souls

A little background on this photo first, I've seen these three ducks walking together almost everyday for a little more than a month now. Rain or shine, these three ducks are always together, and for me at least it brought an important question to mind, how can we believe that human beings alone own a soul? The soul itself is a very deep, controversial topic, however in many circles it still stands true that it is believed human beings, are the only beings with a soul. Furthermore the only beings that feel compassion, feel happiness, feel sadness, for me this simply cannot be correct. Carlson seems to take a strictly scientific approach towards appreciating nature, but science can not prove the existence of these feelings. We must take into account that there is more to understanding and appreciating nature than science can explain. So while it is good to have a complete scientific understanding of Anas Platyrhynchos (Mallard), I do not believe we could truly appreciate the beautiful friendship of these three ducks if we held them to strictly a scientific understanding. Instead we should allow for the fact that these three ducks clearly show feelings of friendship, compassion, love, and joy. By doing this, by allowing the belief these three ducks have a soul, then, and only then, can we truly appreciate them.

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