Q: What is an animal?

What changed me? It wasn’t a movie, something on Youtube or a book in particular that changed my entire view on the world – it was one single thought that led to many others. The thought just hit me, I don’t remember when exactly, probably while talking to my father. So, what was this life changing thought then?

I am just human; an animal.

That’s right, animal. What is the definition of ‘animal’ really? What I’m about to say is my view on this topic, it’s what I think and how I react to this. It’s not the ‘only right opinion’, it’s just a daydreamers thought.

Animal = living creature that isn’t a plant.

So, I know many people think humans are more valuable than (other) animals. I know that, I’ve been there, done that. But then I started questioning it, why are they animals and I’m not? What’s the difference between us? Is it because humans have a more complex language, that we can combine things (like rock with stick + wire = weapon) or because we’re so many? Well, there are more ants than humans so probably not that. But, still, why aren’t we animals?

How did this change our value so much? I get it, we can do things other species can’t but aren’t all humans worth the same even if everyone can’t do everything that others can? We’d never say that, so why do we think so about other animals?

Why is my life worth more than a pigs? Than hundreds of pigs?

Animals can be very different, some are large, others are small, some eat other animals, other eat plants. Why don’t we fit in in any of these categories?

While walking yesterday I found a stone on the ground, I picked it up and started playing with it. Several times it fell down on the ground again. That’s when I thought about this topic again. We like to think that we’re gods or something, but we’re not and I’m happy that isn’t the case. Being supposed to rule the entire world? Seeing everything as yours? I’m glad I’m not a god. I’m glad because I can’t throw that stone up and down without sometimes failing.

We’re not the only ones on this planet. We have to see and remember that.

I left many questions unanswered here for you to think on your own, what your thoughts and opinions on this are.