I just read this lovely poem Alix posted and it made me think again about life and death. And I wonder how you guys feel about this. Do you think dogs and other animals have a soul. Do people have a soul? Does nobody have it? We'll probably never know for sure (since I don't accept the bible, koran or any other holy book as evidence) but it might be nice to share our thoughts and feelings about this. (Please without insulting peoples opinions or hurting anyone, it is after all a rather controversial subject and people may have strong opinions about it). I don't believe in life after death although I do admit that I cannot prove that. I'm not sure if I'd like to live forever anyway, it must be rather boring in the end, eternity. I don't believe in a soul or spirit either, we are products of chemical reactions, hormones and other rational explainable processes in our body. That could be a depressing thought for some but I see so much beauty in the way we are, the feelings we have, the way we help each other. What does it matter hÃ³w we are able to feel them? As long as we have those great feelings for me it doesn't matter there's no life after death. Lots of people claim that animals have no consious, that you cannot compare them to humans. But when I look into my dogs eyes I know that isn't true. I do believe that they experience the same feelings as we do, albeit that they probably don't have words for them and are unable to reason why they are feeling the way they do. They probably qualify feelings as either good, impartial or bad. Research about animals brains shows that they have much more feelings and understanding than was expected. I read an article that said that in the future we'll probably will eat very little or no meat at all because by then we'll be able to know what they feel exactly. It will make it harder to kill animals because of that. Well, that's a lot of me talking, what do you think?