OP: Ah, but the reverse is as subjective as the original trope. It could have any number of slight variations depending upon the writer that completely change its meaning.
I decided to not make the non-human races in my fanfic simply animals. They are, in fact, more advanced than the humans, because they've been around longer, and, more importantly, they think differently.
So, while the humanoid demons have emotions, thoughts, complex societies, relationships, and everything that the humans do, they experience them differently, and process events differently.
If thought is different, so too is perception (and everything else). In short, cultural relativism taken to an extreme and somewhat taken apart. I hope that it's a logical extreme, but as I'm that particular variation's author, I can't really judge it objectively.