When we were children, everything seemed bigger ―people, animals, cars, buildings. If we look upon tem years later, they seem smaller, reduced. A child’s perspective, like that of an adult, is always relative, and it reflects the position and conditions of the observer.
Let us imagine for a moment that there is a dead squirrel on the side of the road. Upon noticing, a Buddhist monk sees a fellow sentient being in need of prayer, a city employee sees a chore, a dog sees something interesting to sniff, a scavenger bird sees food, and a fly might see a good place to deposit some eggs.
All beings see according to their dispositions. Just like our appreciation of the size of objects changes as we abandon our children’s bodies, the consciousness of all beings reflects the capacities and limitations innate to their present forms.
There is no objective and veridical perception. There is no single reality. We only perceive what the senses and consciousness associated with this human form allow us to perceive.