Since I don't hold the religious view that life on this world was created by a higher being, I would have to say that we seem to be the most 'advanced' life-form.
Being 'lord' involves a sense of responsibility that arises from our ability to make things happen and our foresight.
Our capacity to drastically change the lives of other life-forms, combined with our capacity (somewhat more limited) to forsee such changes, give rise to a responsibility to other life-forms.
Rats have driven many animal species extinct, but they don't know what they are doing (and they can't help it anyway). Humans have done the same thing, but now we know we are doing it, and should therefore try to minimise the harm we cause to other species.
I wonder what people who are religious (ie believe in a divine creator) think about this.
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