I believe that the Earth 'peoples', just as an apple tree produces apples.
People are communicators, just as an apple has seeds in the core...for the survival of the species.
I don't believe we've 'learned' art, or *love, just as I don't believe an apple has 'learned' to produce seeds, it's inherent in our make-up. As sentient beings, however, we think we're intelligent enough to decide what constitutes communication. That's where things start to go skew-whiff.
An apple tree doesn't decide one day to make pears, yet we humans think we can simulate all life. In reality, we're just a tiny part of it, like spores. Important in our own way, but quite destructive to the other life-forms we live off. At least an apple tree gives back to the land it grows on.
Is this where altruism is supposed to come in? We've learned to repress that one, in our race for supremacy, which is a tad more than survival.
Yeah, I'm a pessimist. Shopenhauer's right on. Yet, in saying that, I believe evidence of trancendence can be found in polyrhythms. Maybe I'm not so pessimistic, after all!