Are We Really Higher Animals?

Once viewed as the only creatures with emotions, morality, and culture; Humans are living off past glories. Apes, Orangutans amongst others are making greater strides than we ever imagined. Human “smartness” is just a particular survival strategy among many others. It’s not the top of a long ladder. We’ve not really been kicking it, it’s been majorly about surviving.

Retentive memory. Chimpanzees, for instance, can easily beat humans at recalling a set of numbers if they were displayed for a fraction of a second. If you’re having difficulty believing, think about how many times you’ve gone into a room and forgot why you went in, in the first place. Next time it happens, just remember that there is at least one chimp laughing at you from the shadows.

Resilience. Octopuses can learn to open pill bottles protected by childproof caps, which many humans can’t figure out on their own. If we try to make excuses for ourselves, we’d say; humans have a beating heart and as such, they collapse under pressure! Think again! Octopuses have THREE hearts. And they somehow manage to open pill bottles faster than you and me under immense pressure. Pathetic, I’m not buying it!

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Peaceful. Every animal is peaceful as long as you donโ€™t disturb it. Not only is this true, but it is damnably good advice. Take it and remember it. Humans, on the other hand, are far from peaceful. We are inherently aggressive, violent, and competitive, cooperating only for personal gain. It takes only a little misunderstanding for us to show our true nature. If you ever catch yourself chanting on as a petty thief is about to be lynched, you’re only just being human.

Longevity. When you switch on a kitchen light and see a cockroach scuttle for safety you can’t help seeing it as a lower form of life. Unfortunately, there are a lot more of them than there are of us and they have been around far, far longer. Matter of fact, on recent evidence, our days seem to have been numbered. Cockroaches could withstand anything, even a nuclear bomb, and they are well on their way to outlasting us. AGAIN

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Loyalty. We don’t offer nearly as much loyalty as dogs. Humans are ready to stab you in the back for a price. Every human has a price, the important thing is to find out what it is. Beavers will stay faithful until their mate dies. They also don’t move far away from their parents when they are establishing a new colony. If a human manages to do 10 years, even society will applaud them for trying that hard. Hands up if you can’t wait to get away from your parents.

Purpose. Why are you really here? Ants look at us and wince when we say that we have a clear cut plan for our lives. These creatures have assigned roles from birth, according to their gender. The women work, while the men stand in line and wait for their turn to service the queen. Now to you. At 12, you wanted to become a Pilot. At 18, the dream changed to advanced chemical engineering. And then at the ripe age of 32…

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Now ask yourself one more time. Are we really higher animals?

I think not.

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284 thoughts on “Are We Really Higher Animals?

      1. Animals kill because they can, too. Especially big cats–they love it. And they fight with each other over females, all that. All animals. People who say this don’t live off the grid and watch it (we DO have cougars in the Upper Peninsula of MI and we worry way more about them than bears). Bears are predators and black bears particularly in Canada hunt people just like we do them. Wolves and coyotes hunt and travel long distances to do it. There are “crazy” animals just like crazy humans. There are way more great humans than horrible ones. So if you all want to improve the planet and you think this is all true, start with yourselves then. Rid the planet of the horror of humanity. We’ll definitely be better off for it. This is a time when humans need each other and every time I turn around I see them helping each other — or helping animals. Daily. You don’t see them committing atrocities daily. These comments are so ludicrous. YOU are humans, so if this is true, it applies to YOU, too. You are no better than anyone else. If all you want to see is horror, that’s all you’ll see, trust me. Why don’t you look for something else. Anyway, I think I’ll stop following this blogger because we need people helping people, not dragging people down.

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      2. Well, I’ve enjoyed reading your blogs — you have an interesting mind. But this is a time to help people and have faith in something. Lift somebody up. Whining about the bad stuff is so self indulgent. I don’t mean faith in GOD personified necessarily but we all need faith. In one another. In the idea that good will triumph somehow. It takes faith to put one foot in front of the other. To live every day and it takes courage of course. We all need that. I already had barely been out of this house in a year–taking care of my dad full time is tiring. I miss my camp off the grid so much I ache (and would be much safer there). I have a handicapped son with Down Syndrome who is the sweetest human being that ever lived and reminds you what is important. Now we get out to walk the dog–my husband picks up groceries on the curbside–at least he’s laid off and up here helping me and I’m not totally alone. But I need to believe there are good people out there. And I know there are. People drown saving others several times a year. People protect their children, die for them, just like animals do. There is a mailman who is now taking food to about a dozen seniors who can’t get out of the house. Every day you see someone doing something selfless and apparently none of you human haters can see that. It’s very sad. It’s YOU who sadden me, not the people who do these horrible things–who are likely mentally ill or have had a horrible upbringing. And as this goes on, you will see local people helping each other more and more because THAT is more human nature than the other. Well, anyway…

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      3. I agree with you on the good people out there. As individuals we’re pretty decent, but collectively we make some questionable choices.

        Like the ones we elect for instance. In your small corner, you’re only able to do so much good. Those who can directly affect the lives of millions do terrible things instead

        I hope you get the picture. Best wishes to your son.โค๏ธ

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      4. who we elect is complicated, too. “Causes” like conserving the planet so close to my own heart is just a politicized tool. If anything this virus does, it should show people how hard it is to model anything let alone the universe and earth. “Science” is not God. There’s a really good chance we just loosed a virus on this planet (accidentally or not) that has just changed our way of life permanently. GMO and pesticides are killing off bees and affecting organic crops yet they don’t fix the measurable stuff or stop doing things that’s easy to fix. “Science” is a double-edged sword. The environmental issue is being used. Instead of polarizing people which is what politicians of all parties strive for, they should just work toward the next feasible thing to protect the planet and get people on board. They all would be. Promising people things they can never deliver just for votes is probably even more corrupt than those who admit to being more pragmatic. Beware a good talker. And watch what they do, not what they say. They change that with the day–the hypocrisy is astonishing and the news coverage worse yet. Corruption is pretty wide-spread in politics. So I’d have to agree that that is where most of the riff-raff of humanity hangs out and it’s very sad. But if you think one party or group is superior, you probably believe in the Easter bunny. One is slightly superior if you are idealistic and believe they can do what they promise (pretty astonishing that people who think people are so terrible want to give those humans unlimited big government power); one is superior if you care about economics and individual freedom –both can be carried too far. I always thought it was about achieving a balance. But then the left here promoted late term abortion–(I am reluctantly for abortion within the first trimester because there are reasons a woman needs that right), but late term abortion and murdering full term babies on the table is barbaric–no animal would do it!!–and is one of the times I’m most saddened about the human race. I don’t know. Maybe we all are doomed. But I still believe in us, not in politicians, but in us. So I’ll try not to dwell on the bad things and look today for those people I see helping one another. Because they are out there. Lots of them.

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      5. I somewhat enjoyed this rant. You went from politics, to saving the planet to abortion.

        The end is key though. Not dwelling on the bad and focusing on the good. It’s the only way we’re going to stay sane.

        Love the exchange. Do have a wonderful day. ๐Ÿ‘

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      6. You too. Have a great day. I don’t know why I’m writing all this. The rant was all political, of course, and definitely where the dregs of humanity hang out–a very few exceptions. And you can’t tell from the crap they say. Promising crap for power is easy enough and dangerous. But luckily there are few politicians compared to the rest of us. Unfortunately, they have too much power. I used to be less depressed about politics because (since my family mostly was in construction, owned businesses, paid for people’s health care, worked in the private sector) and I was an adjunct professor and writer, I could see how a balance of influences helped keep things in line. But then the progressives went completely bonkers with late term abortion and open borders and more–so many irrational things, and so much hypocrisy that it just totally depressed me. I’d be for open borders if we didn’t put all these people on our dole–it’s one or the other. Maintain a border (and now with disease and terrorism, that has to be the way) or it used to be, just don’t put them on social programs. And trust me, not everyone who wants to maintain a border is a racist. (Not to mention the left created a dependent class–didn’t help these people right — awful thing–they should have had improved education, tutoring, mentors, not handing them money and encouraging men to leave their families. Really bad. Now these leftists want to give people a guaranteed income. They should read Drop City — T.C. Boyle. Or Atlas Shrugged. Boyle is a liberal writing teacher in CA. Great writer, you’d probably like. Atlas Shrugged, of course Ayn Rand — the “Libertarian Bible” they call it. Eventually we who pull down the freight will just stop. There’s a point where people won’t do it anymore. Handicapped or disabled people need our help. And minorities and other disadvantaged people need real help. But we cannot pay for the whole world. Our private sector cannot afford all of it. Terrifying times here. I’m a Libertarian — socially liberal — or I was, fiscally pragmatic. They are going to kill the golden goose here and this is a huge opportunity for the socialists to grab power. I limit how much ridiculous coverage I watch — of all types — and look for the good in my neighbors. And there’s plenty of it. I don’t know why I’m writing all this. You guys definitely depressed me! I used to really love a good debate and didn’t mind a good exchange, enjoyed it, but now I am hungry for people being positive. Looking for the best in us — and I’m really believing it has to be out there…ok, I am going to work on my novel now. I had been doing pretty good ignoring the other mean comments on here that came in now and then, and then it saddened me so much.,, I promise not to write anything else.

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      7. Haha, you’ve absolutely outdone yourself with this rant. Just pepped that you’re a professor so it totally checks out.

        Nothing like a pandemic to change people’s perspectives. Avoid debates for the sake of some positivity and optimism.

        Feel free to always air your thoughts. Your thoughts on border control are interesting.

        Cheers ๐Ÿ‘

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      8. Thanks. A bit more optimism: Fauci just got on here and said that the drug Ramedsvir (sp) has been shown to improve outcomes by 30% and they wanted all placebo people and others to get it so they were skipping the rest of the protocol. The key to this deal is in therapeutics because vaccines for coranaviruses have always been hard–different than flu–and flu is sometimes 40% effective only. And so far out. So I’ll leave you with a good thought. Thanks for your note!

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      9. Gilead Sciences also released preliminary results from its own study, showing at least 50% of the patients treated with a five-day dosage of remdesivir improved.ย 

        So that’s a bit of good news, no?

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      1. Right. The exception is ALL predators. And we are just one of that group. And BTW, if you really studied environmentalism you’d know that in places like Montana, Rick Bass, a great writer who writes about nature all the time and who I love, says that a place is compromised if/when they lose predators like the grissly bear. I believe now they are considering hunting them again in places in the US. Why? Because we humans protected them, and I can guarantee you, they wouldn’t protect us. We have to hunt bears in the Upper Peninsula where I live because our bear population is increasing at an alarming rate. I’m not even sure how many, but last I knew it was 13,000. Black bears are much more deadly and hunt and kill people in Canada where they have not learned to fear humans. Where they are not hunted. People who romanticize nature don’t really live in it. People who do live there love it, protect it when appropriate, but never sentimentalize it. Like the Indians, they give thanks for them. I live off the grid and having seen a huge bear on my property and plenty of scat, I’m grateful they hunt them a bit every fall. I’ve also seen wolves, coyotes and other predators near my property. And stories of cougars. THough I’m grateful I haven’t run across them. And if you think they don’t kill for fun, think again. I keep my downstairs windows locked at night and I have a shot gun up by my bed–for predators of all varieties. Even human. Though, again, there are way more good humans than bad ones.

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      2. Wish I could get everyone to read your really insightful comment on something that’s really happening.

        You’ve mentioned your first hand experience about bears increasing at an “alarming” rate and the alarming number is 13k. You do realize there’s 8 billion of us right?

        One question, encroachment?

        You’re actually living one of my many fantasies. The adrenaline rush of knowing a bear is always around the corner. Must be nice

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      3. Ha, you DO realize how many people live in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula? Right? 300,000 and it’s been LOSING population. The bears do not cross Lake Superior or go over the Mackinac Bridge. Or if they do it’s rare, same with wolves. Do you get that? And most of the people live in four cities. It’s wilderness and that is a lot of bears. The rate of increase was worrisome. I think it went from 3,000 bears to 11,000 in like three years. Or maybe we should just let them take over since they are obviously superior to we inferior humans.

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      4. Yeah, well, sorry. People are animals, too, with a right to be here and protect some space and eat–just like they do. Not giving it over to them. And if you loved it like you claim you would, and lived there, you wouldn’t either.

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      5. Oh I’m sure if I lived there it’ll be a whole different dynamic. But these days, these days I’m leaning more and more to their side. Can’t stand us anymore ๐Ÿ™ƒ

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      6. Where do you live? In some city? Toronto? New York City? I think you are in Canada (I visit Stratford a lot and go the theater–stay at Elora Inn). Love it there. Anyway, people who say this kind of thing usually life in cities. Who would like people when you live on top of them all the time like sardines? We weren’t meant to do that. I don’t like people THAT well, trust me. That’s why I live on 35 acres with the bears and wolves! Luckily, most of humanity prefers to live on top of each other–but that’s also why they have erroneous views of nature and hate each other. In the U.P. people help each other. We live miles apart. We all cohabit nicely up there, I think. Animals and us. I lived often alone up there with my dog and handicapped son. I fixed a lot of things, rewired batteries, messed with generators, solar panels — because my husband was still working downstate. I taught at Northern Michigan University. One night my generator quit and no solar that tim eof the year. I probably could have managed with snow to flush toilet for days and melted for water, oil lamps — I have a woodstove for heat — and all for days, but my husband called up the Do It center there and there was a young man at the register who offered to come out in a blizzard and got my generator going. He helped me all the time with all kinds of issues, put a corrugated metal ceiling in for me, does incredible art work when he isn’t plowing snow trails or working here and there–people bring lost dogs in to make sure you didn’t lose one. People knock on my door and tell me their dad loved fishing so much in my river — can they dump his ashes in front there? THAT’s how we live up there.

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      7. Thanks for asking. So far, I’ve kept my son safe with Downs as well as my 88-year old father with Parkinson’s and COPD. But we only have 10 cases in our county — and have had for well over a month. Dad’s house is in upper lower peninsula and the worst of it is in Detroit area –down with those sardines. We have curbside grocery shopping and the pharmacy brings orders out — another small town where we all help each other. You know people’s behavior changes drastically when they live in cities–been studied–so not sure why they want to do it. Though, again, I’m glad they do it. Though I don’t think they know much about conservation and tend to have political views that are quite different. Why don’t you live where you want to? It can be done. Harder with small children, though. Because of their activities and supporting them and all. Still, not impossible…

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      8. You’re doing amazing. Glad everyone is okay in these unprecedented circumstances.

        You’re not wrong about everyone having a political view. It’s why we’re in this mess in the first place.

        You’ve also provided perfect arguments for and against residing in the Woods. Personally think living in the woods has affected your behaviour. There’s almost an air of superiority…

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      9. I’m not sure it’s exactly superiority. But here is why: I believe in doing hard things. It’s not EASY to live in the woods. I carry and split wood, carry snow for water sometimes, deal with a lot of issues.. At first I had no bathroom, we had a bag hanging for a shower, a porta potty we buried. I cooked often over a wood fire — am writing a woodfire cookbook/memoir. I rewire plugs, take batteries out of circuit. And I’m alone with my dog most of the time–or I was until I came here to care for my dad. Not many women could do it or would want to. You learn things about yourself. And you learn about nature and your neighbors in completely different ways. Since it’s less common and a LOT harder, I suppose I think it gives me a different perspective. And I’m proud of myself, I guess. I wanted to push that envelope and see if I could do. I loved flyfishing, hiking, I hunt a little scavenge for berries. I wanted to see if I could do it. But I never think I’m better than anyone else. Or even smarter — I’m smart in one way–my son with Downs is smart in another. Everybody has things to offer and contribute. But I guess it makes you tougher. And I am proud of that. Yes.

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      10. I see where you’re coming from and sincerely you have every reason to be proud of your efforts.

        Learning and discovering new things is something everyone should do.

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      11. p.s. I also feel proud of myself for coming here for the last year to care for my dad instead of putting him in a home–my brother admits he could not do it. And its’ not for the faint of heart. I think my health is suffering. But I believe in hard things. I am a writer and quit teaching a couple years ago in anticipation of having to help him after the Parkinson’s diagnosis. It’s also something most people can’t do. I suppose if you want to analyze it the way YOU will, I do it because I can feel good about myself (or in some ways superior?) –sure I do some of these things because I have a certain view of myself — but that doesn’t negate the sacrifice! My father isn’t in some joint right now being infected by the coronavirus. I suppose all people have somewhat selfish motives. Even Mother Theresa. ๐Ÿ™‚

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      12. But yes, you are right. We live up there because we LOVE the wildness of it. And we appreciate it and take care of it. I hear coyotes howling and yipping at night in huge packs right on my property. I have to keep my dog in at night. Wolves are attacking dogs now up there, too. They also are posing some problems to livestock and pets.

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      13. Well, they do breed in some circumstances, but usually dogs get killed. Dogs are terrified of them. My dogs will bark if they hear another dog barking. When they hear that howling, they lie down low under the table and are very quiet. And its “up there” in the Upper Peninsula. Down there to you guys, I guess. Ha.

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  1. Questioning whether our humanity make our species human or animals, is more of a struggle between control over nature and natural freedom.

    It’s kinda like asking about what’s the differences between a dragon, one without magic stuffs and a snake. They are the same reptile, just that one of them is either larger or smaller than the other one.

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  2. I always felt that the animals and mammals are the superior and we should be here to serve them they understand much more and their attuned to their senses that let you know when something is up before we know thanks for this ๐Ÿ™โ˜ฎ๏ธ๐Ÿ’ซ

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