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  • Writer's pictureLilah Lyons

Just a Thought: Are Humans The Best Species?

Updated: 2 days ago

(The "Just a Thought" posts on my blog are completely random ideas my brain thought up. Most, if not all, of them should not be taken seriously. However, thoughts are like birds, and if I don't release them to the world they will drive me insane by their constant singing. 🙃 )

Humans, as a general rule, believe we are smarter and better than other species. In some very true ways we are justified in this. For example, in the book of Genesis, God said -

"'Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.' So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them" (NIV Bible, Gen. 1.26 - 27).

In this way, we are created as better than other species. Our souls are tied to God in a unique way since we are made in His image. We are to rule over the creatures of the Earth as God rules over us, not as tyrants or dictators, but as loving caretakers of God's creation. It is an important task, and it takes a special sort of animal to get it done- the human animal.

God equipped humans with rationality, intelect, and free will - things that certainly order humanity as higher than animal life. However, when it comes to actual bodily strength or skill some animals leave humans in the dust.

Take wolves for example. Wolves have an amazing sense of smell and can track prey across many, many miles. According to SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment, packs can cover up to 124 miles per day! (Gray Wolf Facts and Information, n.d.).

It is kind of a funny thought, but I wonder if some other animal species like dolphins or dogs think they are better than humans. I mean, all you have to do is be around a cat for half an hour before you start to get the feeling that you are just their slave.

Honestly, animals may be entitled to a bit of human contempt. We were the ones that abused our free will and fractured the universe. We are the only creature on earth that can sin, and the only one that creates problems for ourselves. I steal a quote from the 2020 movie adaptation of Emma when Mr. Knightly says -

"Better to be without sense altogether than to misapply it as you do" (Emma. (2020) Quotes, n.d.).

So I guess it depends on what you are looking at, but objectively yes, humans are the best species. But in some ways like physical strength, retractable claws, and wicked eyesight, animals are on top.

Works Cited:

Emma. (2020) Quotes. (n.d.). IMDb. Retrieved January 11, 2024, from

New International Version. (2011).

Gray Wolf Facts and Information. (n.d.). SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment. Retrieved

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