First off, to understand what I am speaking about you will have to learn
to think in the abstract. Drag your nose out of your books and think
for yourself for a minute. I am just going to ramble on about my previous night. Maybe you can catch why I don't consider myself to be an
First, how many animals are able to converse across entire continents, and have a debate on the level that we are now? Remember, I am not talking
about a science book here. I read your posts questioning my thought process, but decided I didn't have the time to respond. I had to get some
homework done for my Diesel Engineering class. I Decided I would go over to my girlfriends house, get some work done, and have a few drinks.
Hmmmm... Hmmmm... Sweet sweet warm whiskey.
On the way I was thinking about why I don't consider myself to be an animal. As I was thinking about this I was watching cars drive by. Buildings,
shopping centers, bridges, statues, monuments, a library... Boats floating around on the bay. An airplane flying overhead full of human beings going
Lord knows where. There where children playing together in the snow at the middle school I drove by.
Also, as I was driving I was listening to the radio. "That Smell" by Lynard Skynard was playing... How many animals out there listen to music?
Make music? Invest entire lives in the arts? Express themselves through visual stimuli?
When I got to my girlfriends house I went to the restroom. Actually, the idea of a manmade house even got me thinking... But back to the restroom.
I looked in the mirror and knew I was looking at myself. Isn't it proven that this ability -Self Awareness- is common to only orangoutangs and
chimpanzees? Oh, and humans... I will not try and say I don't believe in evolution my man. Remember I said I am not religious. At least I belong
to no organized religion.
After finishing up my homework that I needed to get done... My girlfriend and I made love. Not to reproduce. We made love just for the emotional
bond that ensues. The companionship. Just because we can. I know this isn't exclusive to human beings... But in the animal kingdom, only a few
animals do something like this. Only the ones that are just below us on the evolutionary ladder.
The whole idea of me saying I am not an animal stemmed from this comment...
Originally posted by bsl4doc
Actually, one of the first purposes of medicine was herbal abortions. Animals do it, and our ancestors here in Italy and Greece noted which plants
the animals ate and used the same herbs.
I don't care if animals do it... I am not an animal in the context that you refer to. My self awareness, empathy for others, higher intelligence,
and emotional magnitude separate me from even the closest of evolutionary cousins in the animal kingdom.
Because we are technically
animals that means it's OK to act like animals? Do what animals do? We don't have something that separates us
from the rest of the animal kingdom? If we do, we don't have an obligation because of this, to act differently than animals?
Science will always conflict with my thoughts. That's fine... Science is not always the answer. Facts and knowledge are not always the answer.
Sometimes you just have to look inside and think for yourself.
You guys asked... I am just trying to explain why i feel the way I do. I never literally
meant that I didn't think I was an animal. It was
just assumed that was what I meant. I am only a sailor, taking classes trying to upgrade my engineering license. I am no scientist, nor claim to be,
or even claim to think like one. But, you can agree with me Right? Agree that there is something
that separates us from the rest of the
animals on this planet?
As stated in an earlier post, I agree with the act of euthanasia in this case
. The only thing I worry about, is that there may be some people
out there that take it to far. I, personally, am worried that some time in the future it may be OK to euthanize a baby for simpler reasons. Reasons
like eye color, unattractiveness, mental deficiencies, etc. In cases like this I would not be OK with it.
Oh well... Go ahead and flame me for thinking the way I do. I will not change my mind. We all learn what we want to from each other. You can
dismiss my thoughts if you want to... That's the beauty of being a human being.