The Superiority of Man to the Beast
Animate: Each of them has its own sensation and characteristic. They can certainly operate against nature, meaning give, and they have individual life. Yet, they cannot feel more than their own being. In other words, they have no sensation of the other and hence, cannot care for the other.
Speaking: It can act against nature, is independent from the society, and feels the other, and hence can care for them and complement them by feeling and regretting with the public, being able to rejoice in the solace of the public, and by the ability to receive from the past and from the future.
– Baal HaSulam, Shamati (I Heard), Article #115, “Still, Vegetative, Animate, and Speaking”