I have previously been a very 'spiritual' person, and even called myself a Buddhist at one point, but a few years ago I had an epiphany, and I converted to become a Humanist.
I have come to firmly believe that humans are just another animal trying to survive on this rock. There is nothing spiritual, or mystical, about our existance, we are just another product of evolution and natural selection.
Humans are an animal species.
Our unique capabilites include:
The ability to plan for the future.
Our ability to control our environment, due mainly to our dexterity (the thumb is a great bit of kit!)
Just an animal with some special talents....
Being an 'animal' I have considered all our actions to be in aid of one basic goal; to survive - the meaning of life.
All our actions are only in aid of our own personal benefit to achieve this aim. There is no true thing such as altruism, or self sacrifice. The ultimate aim of all our actions is to seek benefit for ourselves, and to survive.
To survive, we need the usual things:
Water, food, shelter, security, self esteem, a plasma, and seek the ultimate goal - self actualisation (to put a Maslow slant on it)
The reason I raise this is that I just thought, perhaps I'm wrong.
Are we any more special than just being an 'animal'?