reply to post by Ismail
But we were. We are more complex that most animals. But we function exactly the same as any other social species. We teach our young how to
survive, have a tendancy to protect the weak amongst us and we collaborate to ensure the survival of the species. Our collboration patterns are more
elaborate, because we are more elaborate, but they are in no way different. No scientist today, unless one with a very biased agenda, would tell you
any different. Please research this from unbiased sources before you say that you disagree. It's a very important point. We are not different or
exceptional, and we are only just beginning to fathom how complex other species are. We have great difficulties understanding that which is not like
us, is all. Again, please, do some serious research before saying something like that.
Seriously? No, the important point is that animals don't have the same abilities that humans do with regards to:
• Humor: No other creature is able to appreciate, create and express humor. Not only does it require creativity, but humor also requires the ability
to detach oneself from one’s surroundings to see the odd, surreal or ironic.
• Appreciation of beauty: Man is able to appreciate all kinds of beauty. This can be as simple as a sunset, a work of art, or the intricate design
of a flower in order to provoke emotion.
• Self-consciousness: Beyond a simple recognition of self (as seen in a few animals), man can step back and become a spectator, critic or admirer of
the world around him. He is able to see his place in the greater picture and analyze what needs to be done to affect his role.
• Awareness of death: While animals have a survival instinct, man is able to consider that he will one day die. Aware that his days will not last
forever, he has a deep respect of his mortality. In fact, nearly all cultures perform some form of funeral ritual. This is not found in the animal
• Understanding time: Animals are only able to relate time to themselves; they have no ability of relating time to third parties. Humans can wonder,
speculate and search the annals of history for lessons, and apply those lessons to goals far into the future.
• Connections between words: While animals can understand simple words or tones, they do not comprehend syntax or communicate in complex sentences.
Human beings have created hundreds of languages (and thousands of dialects), even though they are born without any way in which to communicate.
• Meaning of life: The simple act of asking about life’s meaning and purpose makes man unique. No animal contemplates its reason for living—nor
would it be willing to live or die for specific values and ideals.
• Malleability: Humanity is able to adapt to its surroundings. We wear clothes, build shelters or modify our environment to suit our needs.
• Lack of harmony with nature: When left to its own devices, nature will reach balance and harmony. Only man disrupts that natural balance:
deforestation, changing the course of rivers, pollution, over mining for resources, etc.
• A sense of morality: Animals always take the path of least resistance. They do not have a conscience or sense of right and wrong. On the other
hand, mankind will go so far as to control his thoughts based on what he considers right or wrong.
• Character: This is the ability to know right from wrong, and turn from the wrong and do what is right, even in the face of pressures and
temptations. The desire to build character is only found in man.
• Free moral agency: Unlike animals, man can deviate from his course of thinking and living however he sees fit. Animals react through
• Capacity for wisdom: Without the ability to place themselves in time, animals are unable to weigh situations with previous experiences. While
animals are able to develop behavioral patterns based on positive or negative stimulation, they are completely unable to analyze actions before they
are performed. This ability, known as wisdom, is unique to human beings.
• Desire for worship: No matter what part of the world or his culture, man exhibits a desire to seek, follow and worship a higher power. Animals do
• Love: While some animals form lifelong relationships for the purpose of reproduction, none exhibit a parallel with the human characteristics of
love, in which a couple shares experiences, goals, dreams, hopes and aspirations.
Regardless of whether or not you consider my source biased, the facts remain the same and you can't deny them.