Reflection On Animals

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Animals and humans seem to be a completely different species. Growing up, children are taught that animals are entirely unlike humans, and that they are an inferior species even though humans evolved from apes and chimpanzees. However, we are not very different. Humans need nutrients to survive; animals need food as well. Water is a necessity for animals and humans alike. Both have an intrinsic need to procreate in order to keep the species going. Nonetheless, there is one essential difference. Human beings are the only animals that can self-reflect, while non-human animals rely solely on instinct.
Animals can be taught to do almost anything a human being can do. However, they cannot assess that they are alive. A chimpanzee, the human’s closest
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It is not possible to teach even the smartest chimpanzee the idea of God. They would not understand that there might be a heaven and hell, a place they may go after life. Animals see the world at face value; they cannot think about what could be, what may be, and if “x” happened, “y” would ensue. These abstract ideas are limited to humans because they can self-reflect. We have the capability to acknowledge the possibilities of the unknown. In this way, we can build our lifestyle around our beliefs and values. Abstract ideas, like the existence of a God, changes the way we think about life itself. This brings us to a concept of values. Humans use morality to self-examine their choices, while animals make their choices based on instinct. This morality stems from the idea that we can distinguish between right and wrong. We know what causes pain and suffering, what the right thing to do is, and what we cannot do because of the severe consequences to ourselves and other living beings. This idea of morality allows us to think about what we do and why we do it. It also means we assess what we do wrong and how we can improve. Humans have this necessity to improve their state of being, to advance and develop into better, more intelligent intellectuals with improved living standards. Animals, on the other hand, cannot think past what is happening at the time. When they need something, like food, they will use their instincts to hunt. When they need water they will find the nearest lake. However, they cannot assess that stealing food from another animal is wrong, and that destroying another animal’s habitat is not justified because it is their territory. They cannot assess that the drinking water is better at a different lake, and they should go to that one even though it is further away. Humans use this morality to set up rules and define the idea of justice,

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