The downward spiral of mankind's spiritual state ultimately results in an animalistic existence. The evidence is all around us, people living like some kinda zombie. Not thinking, not interacting and not living just going through life in a fog.
We see these type of people in the story of the good Samaritan. Humans unable to act in the way the Creator made them to be. People held captive by their self inflicted chains, not able to think about what's around them or interact with others basically they are spiritually dead.
Animals live their lives to eat, drink, procreate, relieve themselves and sleep. Anything that prohibits them from doing these things throws the animal into survival mode. A weasel doesn't wake up one day and say to himself, "I'm gonna go down to the creek and wait till that rabbit shows up and kick his butt" or "I better rush over to the porcupine's house and help him fix his roof." Although some animals show levels of compassion and interaction some times, more often than not these traits are human.
Without a connection to our Creator through prayer and meditation we digress into these subpar animal like creatures. A place where killing or injuring others requires no conscious decision, just action; a state where being a sexual predator is deemed normal or okay.
To ascend into the higher levels of relationship with YHWH, you MUST seek Him. The minute you stop seeking you are descending into this lower existence. Break the chains by making decisions that lead to life and rejecting choices that bring on death.