To most people, it is an unquestioned assumption that humans are superior to other Earth species and it is also unquestioned that this gives us the right to “own” the planet and do with it what we please.
As I view the human condition, I see that humans are high in technological ability and very low on wisdom. In many areas of great import, we do not even use the knowledge we have, and continue to make the same mistakes over and over. Real dumb, to use the vernacular. In particular I’m thinking of education, the “justice” system and war.
We know under what conditions people learn best, yet we construct schools that often do the opposite (more in a future post).
Much is known about how to rehabilitate some criminal behavior; most of it is rarely used in our courts and prisons.
War is probably the stupidest behavior that humans routinely indulge in. Lots is known about non-violent conflict resolution, but governments rarely use any of this knowledge and millions suffer as a result. How we can think we’re the greatest when we constantly use war to solve problems is a mystery to me. Perhaps we don’t even notice how stupidly we are behaving.
I feel true sorrow for all the animals that suffer and die as a result of human ignorance and arrogance. (Those two often go together.)