At the quantum level, we are all nothing but photons of light. Everything is nothing but photons of light. This includes not just humans, but animals, plants, bacteria, virii. It also includes minerals, metals, water, and the air swirling into and around that body of minerals, metals, and water. What makes the human grouping of photons more special than that of a bird or a reptile, or even that of the soil under their feet? Who are we to emphatically state that we are more alive than the animals and plants that live with us on Earth? Indeed, who are we to say that Earth herself, is not a living sentient being?
I can hear her joyous singing to the rest of the universe. Click on Voice of Mother Earth to hear her communicating to us.