On the geological time scale, Mankind has existed but for a brief moment. Yet, this species lays claim to the whole earth, has created strange rules trying to regulate the creation of the Creator and claims to know all from the beginning to the end!! Isn't this species, Mankind, puffed up with too much vanity???
Certain ancient civilizations such as Indian and Native American Civilization understood the placement of mankind in the scheme of Nature. This is why they encouraged people to behave responsibly
"The humble sages, by virtue of true knowledge, see with equal vision a learned and gentle brhmaa, a cow, an elephant, a dog and a dog-eater " (Bhagwad Geeta 5 / 18)
It was only later new cultures, giving importance to values like arrogance, domination others, hatred, revenge, etc sprang up that the perversion (which you have mentioned) came