The unique gift of human beings to speak and advocate, our great power, is an argument in itself for our exceptional status in nature.
Plants respond to light, but they do not “see.”
It’s all in the spin, isn’t it? Chirping chipmunks – sorry, prairie dogs – knock down the “the last bastion encircling human exceptionalism.”
The argument is important for the inanity of its logic and its implications for human exceptionalism and the protection of innocent life.
A reader’s metaphor may clarify attitudes that underlie a range of views touching on human dignity and human exceptionalism.