Originally Posted by jcat
Why do human beings feel the need to worship some "supreme being", while other animals don't appear to do so? They outnumber us - just think of rats alone.
Ooooo, philosophy. Cool. And, unlike science, much less absolute.
Humans, other than the rest of the great apes and possibly some cetatians, are the only self-aware beings on the planet.
I think that as ancient civilizations, we felt a need to seperate ourselves from the "lower life forms" we encountered every day, so we made up stories about how a supreme being created us as masters of the planet and put all the animals here to serve us (most religions go this way; not just one). We felt a need to explain our existance and sentience, so we made up stories to explain how the Earth and Sun and stars and people and animals got here. We didn't yet have the technology to explain things in hard science as we do today, and humans are notorious creatures of habit, so these myths and stories became engrained in our cultures. Ideas that old and engrained are hard to erase (and shouldn't necessarily be).
Of course, we don't know if the cetatians and our fellow apes worship...we can't communicate well enough with them to ask. It would be very cool if we could.
When dealing with "lower" animals, bear this in mind. To your dog, you are a god. To your cat, you are a servant of the god that is Felis cattus. lol