Another point I'd like to make in regards to your reference to Buddhism and Hinduism and their teaching on emptying the mind or ego. This is true, and also parallels Jesus's call to become like children in order to enter the Kingdom of God. Now does that mean Jesus wants us to become like babies crying for our bottle or because we didn't receive the toy we wanted at Christmas? No, rather it's more about becoming humble but yet full of wonder and eagerness to learn anew about the truth. But to do this is to perform an act of the will, a free act of the will, which I would argue is another key attribute that distinguishes us from the animals, and also establishes our dominion in terms of spirit.