Hmm. Most muslims have been saying this, that blood consumption is harmful. Don't know exactly what the quran says. Now why would it forbid eating of blood? Either the writers thought it was directly harmful, or was immoral ie indirectly harmful, to someone.<quoted text>..Quran merely says blood drinking "IS FORBIDDEN !" ..you lie when you suggest it says harmful ..
Raw blood is certainly harmful, toxic in large quantities.
Makes sense. But would be silly to hold on to such thought today, as we know more, have newer information.2) You anthropomorphize..YOU DO NOT KNOW WHAT THE BEAST IS THINKING...yet, you claim fear of death and dying ....[QUOTE]
No, I am not doing anything like that. But I am simply guessing that animals are not that different from us. We are differently bodied, but minds are similar. It is a theory of mine. Sort of like an intution. Like I also think men and women have different bodies, but similar minds. Then, some men are taller, some are fatter, still we readily accept they have similar minds, and mental emotional capabilites. Yes some are sharper than others, so capabilities of the minds also vary from one individual to another, in the same species, sex etc.
I think human mind is basically similar to say a dog, just bigger, smarter, better. they too have similar (only lesser) mental abilities. They likely have similar emotions too. But it is not very apparent to us as they can't speak. Just mental variations are wider across species than within a species,(just like physical variations). Further, I think variations in emotional capabilities/attributes, are likely far less than variations in intellect/mental attributes. So it is not just a black white situation, but many shades of grey, and different combinations of different things that constitute 'us'.
3) The ancient Jews saw that when the the blood left , so did the life ..Easy mistake to make ..
I think such subjects require better more accurate language, as well as more disciplined use of words. Like when one uses a phrase like 'depths of one's being', or 'innermost aspect', to me it sounds nice, FEELS like a lot has been said, gives out a sense of profoundness. But if you really look closer, there is not much substance to bother with. Like the term innermost in this context, give out little information, used literally, gets us nowhere.**In sacred scripture the term "soul" often refers to human life or the entire human person .But "soul" also refers to the innermost aspect of man ,that which is the greatest value in him , that by which he is most especially in God's image :"soul" signifies the spiritual principle in man..**
**The spiritual tradition of the Church also emphasizes the "heart", in the biblical sense of the depths of one's being , where the person decides for or against God.**
Self discovery, analyzing our ( sense of) self, awareness, mental faculties and capabilities,- these are difficult perhaps as we are required to see into our own mind, using our mind itself.
But not all impossible. Again the importance of better language and definitions for words used, can not be understated.
Just my 2 bits...