What if the 'superior alien' race evolved in a manner where they never saw conflict and therefore never developed weapons. When they visit Earth they see all of what we have developed weapon wise and turn around and run home. Saying 'Holy Shit, did you see all those guns, bombs, and death causing devises those creatures have!!??' 'We better not fuck with them.'
Yes I think human life is more valuable than animal life. But, I don't think animal life has no value. What is steak, 6 bucks a pound?[/quot
Why do you think human life is more valuable? I guess it's a relative thing depending on who's telling the story. For instance, humans will kill animals for sport or profit, i.e. a hunter who hunts wolves to show off as trophies or humans that kill elephants to sell their tusks or humans that kill tigers because they believe tiger genitals will make then super potent in bed. How do humans justify this? Is it because we feel we're superior due to our intelligence so we can do whatever we want to animals?
I go back to our hypothetical hostile alien race. Suppose they were far more intelligent than humans, so they didn't see anything wrong with killing humans for sport, or killing humans to sell their skin, or killing humans to harvest their genitals. What if this alien race believed that the life of one of their race was intrinsically more valuable than the lives of a 1000 humans? I've heard humans say thet'd gladly kill every animal in the world to save the life of 1 human.
My point is, if you use an arbitrary measure like intelligence to measure the value of life, if something more intelligent comes along, how can you be logically consistent with saying your life is worth as much the more intelligent thing which came along?