All animals of same species are bound together just like buds of plants, which die at one time, though produced either sooner or later. <...> It is absurd to talk of one animal being higher than another. — We consider those, when the intellectual faculties/cerebral structure most developed, as highest. — A bee doubtless would when the instincts were —
- Charles Darwin, "Notebook B" pages 73 and 74.
It is absurd to talk of one animal being higher than another. A bee would consider itself highest in many other respects.