We all grew up believing that humans dominate the world, that we are far more superior than the animal kingdom. Personally, I grew up eating meat. Eating meat was considered normal in my society. We kill animals for consumption and for production of apparels/accessories. The notion that Humans are more superior to animals has been entrenched since God knows when. I’m sure at some point we begin to question ourselves if what we’re doing is ethical. However, many people, in order to avoid this cognitive dissonance, either this thought aside or they choose to believe its normal. In general, in order to protect one’s beliefs, most would stick with the status quo. Not to disrupt society’s norms, not actively seeking to find evidence of ‘the truth’ hence the belief remains. We homosapiens perceive ourselves to be the most ‘rational’ species on the planet. The idea that we are capable of abstract thinking and making decisions based on logical thinking. This separates us from those ‘brute beasts’. However, there are several traits in which animals are far more superior than us humans.
We can’t run as fast as a cheetah, aren’t as sharp compared to eagles, and we’re close to deaf when we compare our sense of hearing to that of owls. I believe animals are such beautiful and interesting creatures, the way they communicate with each other to the way they reproduce. Just because we don’t understand them and they don’t understand us doesn’t make them any less stupid or inferior to us. Lets say a Korean tourist comes to you for directions and he doesn’t know how to converse in English, while you don’t know Korean, does that make you or him any less superior to each other? Plus our intelligence hasn’t helped us live harmoniously either.
“Animals offer different kinds of intelligences which have been under-rated due to humans’ fixation on language and technology. These include social and kinaesthetic intelligence. Some mammals, like gibbons, can produce a large number of varied sounds – over 20 different sounds with clearly different meanings that allow these arboreal primates to communicate across tropical forest canopy. The fact that they do not build houses is irrelevant to the gibbons.
“Many quadrupeds leave complex olfactory marks in their environment, and some, like koalas, have special pectoral glands for scent marking. Humans, with their limited sense of smell, can’t even gauge the complexity of messages contained in olfactory markings, which may be as rich in information as the visual world,” he says.” He referring to Professor Maciej Henneberg.
One other very fascinating creature which is also my favourite are dolphins. Scientists have discovered that dolphins are actually capable of abstract thinking, able to mimic our behaviour, recognise faces and able to recognise their own reflection in the mirror, a trait once thought to be uniquely true exclusively to humans. Read more here.