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Ashutosh Sonawane

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Is human's ability to "Think" really a benefit for the only planet with life!!!

Why was the ability to think given only to the humans?
As we see around us we realize that the creature that has power of any sort tries to dominate others. Take example of lion or tiger having power to kill sharp claws, fieryness etc. They try to dominate other animals and hence can't live in a group but they operate inidividually. On the other hand are animals like deers who do not have dominating powers hence can live in a group or herd.
In the case of humans we have ability to think... actually a power given to us by God.. It has helped us to come this far, progress innovate, invent new things. But at the same time haven't we tried to dominate other beings of this planet, the trees, animals, insects etc. They have the same right to live on this earth as we have. But still we have animals living only in a reserved area called forest. The moment they stray amongst human settlements we either put them back to forest or in zoo, sancturies etc.
These animals can't say a word protest cause they can't think. So in short we have made a society wherein we humans are the important members and animals are like slaves, prisoners in forest. We tame them, rear them use them, just because we can out think them.

Given the current scenario of energy crisis, ecological imbalance we humans are responsible for it cause our ability to think made us do things that have harmed nature. Now nature can hit back using earthquakes, Tsunamis and other nautral calamities. But what will animals do in front of guns, tranquilisers, automatic traps and all technology. When they will have their say?

In order to keep human dominance in check should God give the power of thinking to animals too??
On the other way round is by "gifting the ability to think only to humans" God has created a blunder? Will this be the final nail in the coffin for already faltering ecology of the earth? Don't the animals deserve an equal right over this earth?

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    Sep 28 2011: Ok going by the scientific way its difficult to comprehend why we are like that..
    I agree about evolution and the way in which we have gotten our ability. But can't we see man being utterly selfish.
    Don't we see a society tailor made by the rules as defined by humans. We have our own rules. Just forget for a moment that we are humans on this planet. Lets say we have come to visit earth from outside (just imagine) what we will see is humans as intelligent species having his methodologies, rules and ways by which he is defining every other creature's life. Now the animals, insects cannot say "Hey, this is wrong, you can't put us in a small area you people call as forest. You have no right to stop us from straying in your residential area...." etc etc.

    These animals as someone of you mentioned act on their instincts. Take any animal when it feels hungry then and then he will search for food, kill some other animal or eat some shrub (whatever). Otherwise he is little bothered. But we humans even with our hunger satisfied, crave for more. We don't think of just this moment but we try to make provision for tomorrow's food then day after tomorrow etc etc. This selfishness is causing harm to the earth.

    Agreed we are making progress in science. Even I am proud of that, since i am a student of science. But seeing from the animal's perspective there is at least some injustice meted out to them.

    Its our duty i think, to care more about some such creatures around us. Give them a place in our society. That doesn't mean creating zoos and wildlife sanctuaries. Since we have brains and can think rationally then we should think about the animals too. But the question still remains are we humans ready to think about them and keep our selfishness at bay??
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      Sep 28 2011: The reason man has an unquenchable appetite is because the mind creates the illusion that materialism will fill the void inside of them when that is far from the truth. It is only a temporary fix caused by chemicals in the brain and as soon as it crashes and rebalances the void will return. This is because private ownership is an illusion no matter how many legal documents you have no matter how much you want a material object it will never truly be yours. The only way to fill this gap in the self is to grasp onto what you can have. There is something all of us have that few of us pay attention too. That is the present. You must embrace the present for that is all that one can really truly have. The past is done and the future is uncertain. Do not waste your time trying to reach the horizon as it will only lead you back to where you started and still remain in the distance. What i mean by fully embracing the present is to love the sweet times as much as you love the bitter times. Make the two one. I know this is difficult but if you practice this it begins to fill the void that is where your soul should be. The mind tries to take you away from this and control you with emotion but you must not let this happen. Dont think so much. Just feel and experience, become your senses.

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