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The Human Superiority Complex or Conflict?

March 19, 2018
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By Robert Grillo

In discussions of animals exploited for food or other human benefit, we often hear the following statements: “I’ll always put a human before an animal” and “Humans are more important than animals.” But even if we believe or could prove to be superior to other animals, in however we arbitrarily define our superiority, the fact that one feels superior to others does not justify exploiting, enslaving, killing, and eating them. A leading brain surgeon is not justified in violating someone with lower cognitive abilities or less education than himself, such as a patient who suffers from dementia.

Even in cases where we may subjectively feel superior over someone else in competitions, there are strict rules to the game, and harming our competitors solely on the basis of feeling superior to them would be considered “playing dirty” and disqualify us. That’s because we do not base morality on how well someone scores on an IQ test or how great an artist they are. The only morally relevant criteria for how we treat someone is whether they can suffer. All nonhuman animals qualify, since they visibly demonstrate fundamental interests in staying alive and avoiding pain, suffering, and death — not to mention a whole set of other complex interests that would be otherwise denied them.

But there is a deeper issue to explore in the all-too-human obsession with feeling superior over other animals. Although we control the fate of the other animals on this planet, we still find it necessary to continually exert our self-professed superiority.

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About Robert Grillo

Robert Grillo is the director of Free from Harm which he founded in 2009 to advocate on behalf of “the 99%,” animals exploited by animal agriculture. As an activist, author and speaker, Grillo draws insights from popular culture, sociology, psychology, ethics and social justice to bridge the gap between humans and other species. As a marketing communications professional for over 20 years, Grillo worked on large food industry accounts where he acquired a behind-the-scenes perspective on food branding and marketing. His new book, Farm to Fable: The Fictions of Our Animal-Consuming Culture exposes the many ways we have all been conditioned into a culture where mass animal consumption is the norm. Other published works include contributions to Caged: Top Activists Share Their Wisdom on Effective Animal Advocacy and Circles of Compassion: Connecting Issues of Justice. In addition Grillo writes articles for Free from Harm and curates work from other leading authors.


to truly grasp and comprehend
the equality of all living beings,
is to reach the highest
level of consciousness

Karen Lyons Kalmenson



7 Comments leave one →
  1. karenlyonskalmenson permalink
    March 19, 2018 7:46 am

    to truly grasp and comprehend
    the equality of all living beings,
    is to reach the highest
    level of consciousness

    Liked by 2 people

  2. March 19, 2018 11:29 am

    It’s interesting that animals are more civilized than most humans.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. March 20, 2018 6:24 pm

    My blood boils !! who do these spiritually dead thick arseholes think they are !!

    Liked by 1 person

    • March 20, 2018 8:25 pm

      Utterly wretched, completely devoid of any empathy, decency, and compassion. I completely agree, thanks, Linda, nice to see you.


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