Myth of sentience

We are less likely to believe a living thing has a soul, that is, that it has feelings, if it’s rooted to one spot all its life. Even creatures that move on their own fit into a hierarchy of value and only the top branches, like us, are at all sentient. It’s hard for us to understand, when a creature is not like us that it can have its own kind of subjective experiences, which are not like our own, but states, even so, of sentience. It’s hard for us to understand, if a creature doesn’t feel like us, that it could still, like us, feel.