I am not in disagreement with you but I just surprise to see someone else came up with the same idea.
I haven’t read or heard about Ven. Nayanvira. Please find me the link.
What I see is that everyone is trying to be happy, from mosquito to human.
We indulge in sensual pleasures, steal, and kill just to be happy without realising that all these happiness is temporary and lead us to more misery.
Unfortunately animal can’t learn Buddha Dhamma. They have to wait until they become human.
Even if you are a human you have to be pretty lucky to learn that from someone.
I was borne to a Buddhist family but I had very little knowledge about Buddhism. So I was looking for the reason of our existence.
So I started studying other religions such as Christianity, Hinduism etc.
One day one of my Islamic friend gave me the copy of Buddha’s Teaching by Narada.
That is the first time I learnt about Anatta. I almost jumped out of the bed because that’s what I was looking for!
I know that my OP is not much help to anyone but I could not resist posting it because I am still seeking happiness from ignorance.