Suppose every living organism (Animals and Plants) in this world can speak.

Would they complain about humans?

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    $\begingroup$ At what levels? If it goes down to the atomic level, the Earth would be the noisiest place in the world and you would rather hang yourself than tolerate it. $\endgroup$ Mar 19, 2017 at 11:51
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    $\begingroup$ If everything could speak, why would humans be the most important thing to be complained about? Not really! Everything would be complaining about everything else. Humans aren't the most significant part of everything. $\endgroup$
    – a4android
    Mar 19, 2017 at 11:57
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    $\begingroup$ Non-programmatic speech requires consciousness. $\endgroup$
    – Feyre
    Mar 19, 2017 at 12:06
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    $\begingroup$ But would a tree even care if his neighbor is cut down? Even more sunlight for him,. less competition. And what about all the bacteria we kill off in hospitals? $\endgroup$
    – Mormacil
    Mar 19, 2017 at 12:29
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    $\begingroup$ Everything. Your statement logically includes tools, furniture, goods, foods and a lot more. I bet all forms of seats would complain. From chair to throne. Porcelain throne would certainly complain even more. $\endgroup$
    – M i ech
    Mar 19, 2017 at 13:35

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I think if non living things could speak they would definitely complain about humans because of what we do to them.

Rivers would complain about being polluted

Rocks would be complain about being hit with pickaxes.

Soil would complain about being stepped on.

Plants would complain about being picked or damaged.

Just to list a few.

I think however living things would complain as much because if they could talk humans would start treating them with more rights and as fellow sentient beings.

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    $\begingroup$ Why would rivers complain about being polluted? They are not alive they cannot be killed by pollution. They might view pollution like we view clothing. Alternatively the river might want to be more polluted to kill of those annoying fish that keep tickling it as they swim through it. $\endgroup$
    – Anketam
    Mar 19, 2017 at 15:08
  • $\begingroup$ @Anketam I would say pollution would be more like an illness polluting the river $\endgroup$ Mar 19, 2017 at 16:25

Considering here that speech is a sign of consciousness, then all things will have developed free-will. This means that on some level they will have a sense of what is right and wrong, a morality so to speak. If this is the case this morality will depend on as many factors as human morality: raising, education, religion, etc..

“There is little evidence that other animals judge the appropriateness of actions that do not directly affect themselves. In their behavior, we recognize the same values we pursue ourselves. I take these hints of community concern as a sign that the building blocks of morality are older than humanity, and we don't need God to explain how we got to where we are today.” says Frans de Waal about our own and animal morality.

Answer: for me some things will derive pride in serving Humans, as maybe they will feel part of a higher cause. Others will consider them-selves slaves to human overlords and complain about them a lot. Others still won't give a damn.


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