Michael Laitman, On Quora: “Why is human life considered the most important than the rest of the life forms?“
We need to first realize that the collective system of nature is constructed as a pyramid. The lowest layer of the pyramid is the still level. It is at the pyramid’s basis, and it includes the universe with its stars and planets.
The next higher layer of the pyramid is the vegetative level, which is all vegetation and plant life on Earth.
Then comes the animate level, which consists of all animal life on our planet, and at the top of the pyramid is the speaking level—the human being—which does not relate to the human body, as that belongs to the animate level, but to the inner qualitative aspect that makes us human.
Therefore, human life is naturally more important than other life forms and levels of nature.
This is not due to an egoistic desire for superiority. It is because we include the other life forms contained in the pyramid within ourselves. By developing a balanced and harmonious attitude toward each other and to nature in general, we will then correct ourselves and nature as a whole. For instance, ecological problems and disasters that unfold in our world are no more than phenomena that we ourselves project upon nature. This is why human life and the role of the human being in nature is of utmost importance.
We have yet to discover that our egoistic attitude toward ourselves and nature brings about disasters on the ecological level, as well as crises we experience in human society. If we undergo a specific kind of self-transformation—developing altruistic attitudes and positive connections to each other above our inborn egoism—then by doing so, we will also see how nature transforms positively. This is why we need to understand that the ecological disasters of our times depend exclusively on our attitudes toward each other and nature.
We experience such crises not due to nature shifting out of balance. Instead, we ourselves bring about the imbalance in nature at the level of our attitudes to each other and nature.
Based on a Q&A with Kabbalist Dr. Michael Laitman on September 9, 2006. Written/edited by students of Kabbalist Dr. Michael Laitman.