It is a symptom. The real problem is in the realm of our ontology – our theory of being.
Our theory of being is based on dualist philosophies: the idea that we are separate beings.
Most humans in history followed a very different theory of being. It can be referred to as relational. Relational ontologies see all beings as relatives. The rivers, the mountains, the owls. Being a relative to everything else, behaviour is fundamentally different.
Next time you see an owl say Hi to your uncle.