As human beings, we often think of ourselves as special. The truth is we have a lot in common with the other beings that exist in this vast universe. This is most obvious when we compare ourselves with animals. Like them, we seek to survive, satisfy our cravings; we experience both joy and pain; we procreate and care for our family; and so on. What then sets us apart from animals and other beings? The answer lies in the ways and extent to which the human mind can be cultivated. Our capacity for developing our spiritual faculties and ethical qualities are what mark our uniqueness as human beings.