My question isn't concerning Buddha-nature, not initially anyway. I agree with 
you about 
sentient-beings too. At least in the Pali canon though, the Buddha makes "the 
human" a 
special category relative to enlightenment, and my question is how is that 
category to be 
understood in the everyday life of practice.  It maybe that there isn't 
anything attained by a 
human that isn't already there for/with any other kind of sentient being, but 
that begs the 
question of the relevance of "the human" and what that even is in light of the 
varieties of 
"humanness" we know in our biological species.Your suggestion of self-awareness 
could be 
useful, but that begs a similar question as the one before regarding what it is 
that a human is 
aware of. A possible response to that is that humans are unique in being aware 
of their 
humanness, but aside from almost getting platonic, that brings back the 
question of why 
that matters at all.


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