We are a species that has distinguished ourselves from other animal forms by our store of information that can be used so that we survive to reach our evolutionary potential, and hand on our store of information to our successors.
Before we started using fire and flints, we were a smart animal. But our learning, and particularly the means of storing information we have developed, have made is into something different. We not only know what we want, but we can work out the consequences of getting it. In principle we can learn to behave in a manner that puts intelligent survival first, and continues to learn how to achieve it.