On the 6th day of the Creation, G-d consults angels (see my other question) and presents them with what looks like His vision of Man's goal on Earth:

וַיֹּאמֶר אֱלֹקים נַעֲשֶׂה אָדָם בְּצַלְמֵנוּ כִּדְמוּתֵנוּ
וְיִרְדּוּ בִדְגַת הַיָּם וּבְעוֹף הַשָּׁמַיִם וּבַבְּהֵמָה וּבְכָל־הָאָרֶץ וּבְכָל־הָרֶמֶשׂ הָרֹמֵשׂ עַל־הָאָרֶץ׃

And God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. They shall rule the fish of the sea, the birds of the sky, the cattle, the whole earth, and all the creeping things that creep on earth.”

I would expect it to be something far nobler, like "and he will bring this world to perfection" or "and he will serve Me devotedly and make a dwelling for me on Earth".

Why was the presentation so "dull"?

  • The נעשה אדם בצלמנו would imply a higher purpose. I think it's wrong to focus on "and they'll (incidentally) be ruling over the animals" etc. – bondonk Oct 26 '19 at 20:50
  • @bondonk That answers on "what Man will we create" but not "what for", after all we don't share the same purpose with angels. – Al Berko Oct 26 '19 at 20:57
  • @AlBerko point taken. But it doesn't say 'purpose', it says צלמנו ודמותנו. That's not the same. – bondonk Oct 26 '19 at 21:04

I think Maimonides answered this well. The Rambam says that the world probably wasn't created for people so people should take care of the earth and be careful not to pollute it. This interpretation suggests that animals are also important to G-d. We should show respect for animals because animals also have feelings. This is the meaning of the 7th law of Noahides.

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    Where does he say that? – Al Berko Oct 26 '19 at 19:03
  • I cannot remember the source as it has been years since last I check, but the idea is certainly there. In the intern, I will try to look for it. – Turk Hill Oct 26 '19 at 21:48

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