Some animals are superior to Humans in various ways and vice versa. Depends on the POV. However, we are interdependent and that leads some to posit an intersubjective paradigm (Subject - Subject, as opposed to Subject - Object, having seen modern "objectifying" bringing us to the brink of all-round-destruction). Habermas is one of those and he claims it starts with young Hegel. Just a pointer... Now, this is the best - if obviously not the only option - of Modernity/Enlightenment and we certainly can build on this. The other ones I see as cutting the branch we sit on. It doesn't mean we will give up our powers but we must become seriously and acutely aware of them (science and technology etc.) and reign in our power on various levels, making us legitimate, legal, moral etc. guardians of Earth and Solar system, non-destructive, which we are NOT at the moment. Capitalism is just one possible way of being and obviously a very destructive one, in oh so many ways, given it is based on principles of domination and exploitation of the "other" (body dominated and exploited by spirit, Man by another Man and Man being irrationally exploitative and destructive towards Mother Nature). These are the crucial questions we have to answer in a constructive manner and PRONTO!!! In so doing we have to change our present "Human nature". We have done it before, we can do it again! Dialectics of an open kind, with openness and constant becoming as principles! All else is a recipe for disaster, based in metaphysics!