We have learned we are special, even though we have no way of knowing whether other creatures are special, too. I’m not saying we aren’t, or couldn’t be because we have a great potential, and can all grow greater in our minds. Other creatures, too, have no way of knowing, individual by individual, except by how we treat them. No species are mind readers, but empathy enables greatness, not force of will, not violence. Empathy and respect persist even when we are made to suffer; this is the miracle of being human.