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This Blog is named after an ancient gnoseological riddle which hints hidden, disseminated, omnipresent wisdom.
I invite you to search, listen and observe with me for "the word of tree, whisper of stone, and humming together of the abyss and stars."


Spirituality of Bugs

Do animals have spirituality?
     I do not know, but I do know that our dog, Jessie, had quite a complex inner life. We observed her more than once softly barking in her sleep and even her legs would slightly jerk. She clearly had vivid dreams, probably chasing a rabbit or a squirrel - we hoped it wasn't a nightmare but something nice. But do animals have souls? Most likely they do, and it should not be a big surprise, especially for any English speaker. The very word “animal” is directly derived from the Latin word “anima” which means nothing else but “soul”. Thus per definitionem - simply by the virtue of how the words of our language are defined - animals do have souls.
     But what about insects, do they have souls? Surly not! Unless we start looking at social insects. I wrote about ants a year ago and about bees just few weeks ago. A colony of ants or bees together have a neuronal capacity similar to any other animal. A colony of social insects can interact with the environment: it can learn and even develop the personality. One summer during my childhood I spent several weekends on my knees in the forest with a family friend, naturalist and author of books about insects. We observed, studied and photographed colonies of ants. We studied European forests ants, but I heard from him about other truly industrious ants - the farming ants who grow mushroom gardens, the shepherding ants - who keep herds of aphids. Social insects are indeed amazing. I am not surprised at all that biblical sages used ants to set an example for a wise living. This Sunday we will learn from Bible to learn from ants.

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