Something to Think About... Human Level of Life Permanent values pertain to human as distinct from animal level of life. The Quranic term for the animal level of life is Hayat-ud-dunya (The word dunya means nearer) or a level of life in which man’s vision is restricted to immediate gains. Satisfaction of physical urges is accompanied by pleasure which the Holy Quran would not discard. Great discretion has to be exercised, however when there is a tie between a physical urge promising pleasure and a human value. One who sacrifices the latter for the former is not a man of character; if he does the opposite, his behavior would be acclaimed as laudable character.