GilSuffering is not necessarily good for the soul at all, and left alone natural creatures do not seek it.
I cannot understand this sentence. Does it mean "Suffering is totally bad for the soul and it is not necessary" or "Suffering is not necessarily good for the soul , but sometimes it is good."? (It could be good or it could be not so good. It is not always good. For example, it is not necessarily a good thing to become very rich. I'm a bit confused why the author would call an animal "natural" and not call a person "natural".)
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The quality of life is important above all. Newborn animals either die quickly and naturally, painlessly, before their consciousnesses are fully focused here, or are killed by their mothers — not because they are weak or unfit to survive, but because the [physical] conditions are not those that will produce the quality of life that makes survival "worthwhile."
The consciousness that became so briefly physical is not annihilated, however, but in your terms waits for better conditions.
There are also "trial runs" in human and animal species alike, in which peeks are taken, or glimpses, of physical life, and that is all. Epidemics sweeping through animal populations are also biological and psychic statements, then, in which each individual knows that only its own greatest fulfillment can satisfy the quality of life on an individual basis, and thus contribute to the mass survival of the species.
Suffering is not necessarily good for the soul at all, and left alone natural creatures do not seek it. There is a natural compassion, a biological knowledge, so that the mother of an animal knows whether or not existing conditions will support the new offspring.
Animals instinctively realize their relationship with the great forces of life. They will instinctively starve an offspringwhile its consciousness is still unfocused, rather than send it loose under adverse conditions.
In a natural state, many children would die stillborn for the same reasons, or would be naturally aborted. There is a give-and-take between all elements of nature, so that such individuals often choose mothers, for example, who perhaps wanted the experience of pregnancy but not of birth — where they choose the experience of the fetus but not necessarily [that] of the child. Often in such cases these are "fragment personalities," wanting to taste physical reality, but not being ready to deal with it. Each case is individual, however, so these are general statements.
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