Superior?

We humans are an amazing lot really aren’t we? We’ve built machines that allow us to fly like birds, others that allow us to swim under water like dolphins and still more than give us the power to move faster than cheetahs. We believe that we are superior to animals in every way, to the point that we enslave them, devour them or simply watch them for our own amusement.

Maybe our sense of superiority stems from the fact that we have working memories which allow us to learn and therefore develop. Many scientists believe that animals have only short term memories and are therefore unable to retain the information necessary to increase intellectual capacity….

Perhaps we credit our superiority to our emotional capabilities; again, some scientists believe that animals are incapable of experiencing complex emotions such as gratitude or love…….

It could be that we feel that we are at the pinnacle of evolution because we have developed the ability to feel compassion and empathy for others……..

It maybe that we feel superior because we have such a sense of self-awareness: we think therefore we are….

Perhaps we put it all down to our superior intelligence….

What do you think? I’d love to hear from you….

Lisa x

  31 comments for “Superior?

  1. blindzanygirl
    September 8, 2018 at 7:53 am

    Oh gosh Lisa. I will read other people’s replies with interest. What a GREAT post. I will need to think about this, but absolutely GREAT question.

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    • September 8, 2018 at 8:16 am

      Thanks Lorraine :O) Yes I’m looking forward to reading opinions on this one xxx

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  2. September 8, 2018 at 8:40 am

    I think animals are superior than humans.We humans have feelings of love and gratitude but also hate, jealously,proud ; we destroy what we created what nature created, we humans harm animals to fulfill our selfish needs , we harm humans too.Animals are more human than humans. They’ve more humanity than humans.
    Sorry if I said something wrong.Please don’t take it personal but many humans have no humanity.

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    • September 8, 2018 at 8:46 am

      You haven’t said anything wrong at all Kripi; I think that animals are often far nicer than humans :O) Thank you so much for taking the time to comment x

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  3. September 8, 2018 at 9:18 am

    If its me then it’s superior intelligence. I got sidetracked thinking how clever I am, I forgot about animals entirely 🙂 Humans will think what they need to think in order to justify their actions, works on the individual level, the local neighbor level and the global level. As the individual is, so the world is.

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  4. September 8, 2018 at 9:41 am

    Animals unlike us are not split off from their own nature or the natural world so in that sense I believe they are far beyond us in terms of innate instinctive intelligence and they only kill to eat not because of ideologies which split and divide them from other animals. Trauma expert Peter Levine has also shown how animals are better at throwing off trauma than humans if not held down or captured which is something humans do to animals the cripples them I really believe animals have so much to teach us.

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  5. September 8, 2018 at 10:54 am

    I’m certain that animals of many types are intelligent, sentient beings, we judge their intelligence from our narrow outlook, we can’t compare, but we can repect. But they are not necessarily morally higher than us. Dogs are man’s best friend devote their whole lives to their blind owner, save lives with no regard for their own, but a dog can also eat your baby! Your lovely cat tortures your neighbour’s song bird and magpies peck out the eyes of those sweet little lambs we are going to eat for dinner… Human beings rescue animals abandoned by their own sopecies, human beings also murder their own children…. Animals, I mean other non human species probably still come out on the moral high ground!

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    • September 8, 2018 at 11:12 am

      Yes you’re right, morality is certainly a consideration, thanks for your thoughts 😊 x

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  6. September 8, 2018 at 11:35 am

    Lisa this is sarcasm at its best. We have become too knowledgeable or too greedy

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  7. September 8, 2018 at 1:24 pm

    In so many ways we are superior to the animal kingdom. Humans (homo sapiens) have conquered the world, killing everything in their path (even each other). As Harari says, it is even more than our intelligence that has made us “great,” it is our imaginations. Our ability to create stories, and get each other to believe them, have made us the ultimate herd, and in our numbers lies our strength.

    Such as it is.

    Of all the characteristics important to mankind, the most important, to me, is ethics. We have an overdeveloped sense of superiority and an underdeveloped sense of morals. We are superior to the animal kingdom, in so many ways, we should view that as a responsibility not a trophy.

    Those are my thoughts.

    Your video of Goodall reminded me of Brooke’s journey in the Congo. Do you follow Brooke?

    https://nataliebreazeale.wordpress.com/

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    • September 8, 2018 at 1:55 pm

      I really appreciate that you’ve shared your thoughts here Tom 😊
      I don’t but I’m going to wander over there now and have a look see xxx

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  8. September 9, 2018 at 4:18 am

    Animals absolutely have feelings. Some people, however, are more attuned to how animals express emotions—they are able to ‘read’ them better than others. It takes empathy and good observation skills.

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  9. September 9, 2018 at 11:51 am

    Animals hunt for food, and fight for mates and territory. Humans are the only species capable of killing for no reason. Amazing post.

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    • September 9, 2018 at 12:45 pm

      And we are the only ones who have no real reason to kill. Thanks so much for taking the tome to comment Maia 😊

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  10. September 9, 2018 at 6:52 pm

    I think we are awfully egotistical. Mollie has long term memory, an amazing ability to pick up on patterns and recognize the pattern even if the location is different, and a frightening ability to figure out how to escape when we lock her inside the house.🤗

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  11. September 10, 2018 at 7:02 am

    For me I think that people just “need” to feel superior. I think it’s mostly due to being in either unfamiliar territory whether it’s emotionally or physically. We NEED to know we’re in control of the situation even if we have NO IDEA what we’re doing. We don’t want to have to feel we’re powerless or unknowledgeable, even IF we know we actually are. So if care isn’t taken to not let that get the best of us, it certainly will.

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