Originally posted by FreakyKBH
I gotta admit, if you're not saying what I thought, I'm having a spot trying to figure it out otherwise.
I'll put it another way then (much as it may defeat my purposes for doing so)
Just to define what I mean later on:
When I talk of processing/reacting to external inputs I mean, say, exposure to sound waves, heat, light etc...
When I talk of processing/reacting to internal inputs I mean, say, the construction of chains of thought etc... where each thought in said chain is the result of the electrochemical communication between the neurons in our brains; and for which some of these may be induced by external inputs. (I claim no expertise on the workings of the brain and will put up little fight if I'm corrected on this matter)
Life is pretty great for many of us; we have fine foods, great music, the arts, wonderful technology, secure & comfortable housing, inspirational humans we may listen to/ learn from/ and if we're lucky engage in dialogue; In addition to this we're surrounded by a plethora of natural beauty. The important point here being we have the facility to appreciate all that is great about life
On the otherhand, a housefly doesn't get it so great at all...It lives a somewhat less admirable existence; and then dies. My assumption is that this death for such a creature is of little consequence to yourself and you presumably hold that there is no afterlife for such a creature (nor do I expect you care (in general neither do I)).
You might argue that it is no great loss to the fly since (with whatever counts as a brain for this creature) it doesn't have our intellect and ability to perceive the world as we do. However; from it's perspective (whatever that may be) prior to dying, it was capable of processing and reacting to external inputs (seeing things, percieving that it is currently eating food, flying to or out of the way of things etc...), and perhaps in a rudimentary sense, internal inputs. Upon it's death however this stops forever, never to be experienced again.
Thing is, I cannot see any reason why must necessarily be the case that we retain some of this capability when our brains expire, yet for a housefly, ceasing to exist (so to speak) presents no issues.
Yes we are able to process and react to and enjoy a vastly greater range of inputs. Good for us!...being human is awesome.
I'm more interested however, in how one can hold that they as humans are destined for a glorious and richly stimulating life after they die in some other realm of existence, whilst maintaining that 'lower order' creatures are not privy to these benefits. Especially when the deal they got in life could be argued as to warrant greater privilages than us in the spirit of fairness.