posted on Jun, 6 2014 @ 08:00 PM
originally posted by: MarlinGrace
So give me an example of an intelligent animal, and what they are capable of.
Its not about technological capability. That doesn't define mental fortitude as much as most humans think it does. There's a lot more to being
intelligent than being able to use symbols and understanding complex math to make stuff. Technology mostly serves survival. Technology is just the
human way to survive. Other animals have their own methods to survive. We're different. But that doesn't make them unintelligent.
Animals are intelligent because they know what they need to know and its all they need to know. Cats know that that if they scratch on your door or
meow real sweet, they can manipulate your emotions to give them food. They know that they're being manipulative. They're cunning and controlling.
They know how to survive. That's all we know as well. We just do it different. Granted, our knowledge and approach to survival might result in
applications of technology that don't directly affect our survival, but they are applications that stem from the drive towards survival.
I didn't say we're not smarter than them. I did say we aren't that much smarter than them. While animals tend to deal with the survival of
themselves (a lot of humans do too), humans tend to deal with the survival of the species. See the hierarchy here? Something more intelligent than a
human would try to deal with the survival of the planet and all species. We do that to a degree, but to give credit to the animals, they sometimes
deal with the survival of something more than themselves as well.
But, again, this thread isn't mainly about intelligence. This thread about animals deserving equal respect as humans. They do. They deserve
respect because they endure a lot. They have life that they live to their fullest. Eating animals is fine and necessary. But just because you eat
animals doesn't mean you can't respect them. You don't eat every animal you see. So the ones that are alive, you can respect while they live. If
you look at the spirit of some humans, you can imagine that some, if they had to live a day as a cat, couldn't do it. There are a lot of weak
people. But all cats have to be strong. So, that's why I say cats deserve equal respect as humans. Some humans couldn't handle the pressures of
being a cat, if they were a cat.