What Makes Us “Human Beings”? – Part 11
Why are we passing around here, calling ourselves human beings? Do we really know what makes us “human beings”? Maybe we are home-made beans, not human beings. Da me say so. Da me. Da me Paul. Da na bene seed poppin’ from my mou’h.
No one has been able to convince me about what really makes us human beings or what makes us different from or better than other animals. For instance, they say that we are human beings because we have the ability to develop and use language, forgetting to know that other animals also have the ability to develop and use language in their own way. Some also say that we are human beings because we have emotions, but then they soon realize that other creatures do have and express such emotions as love, hatred, anger, joy, jealousy, and so forth. Others say that we are human beings because we have caring spirit – we can show compassion to others, protect, or do good to our friends and loved ones, and so on – but then they soon realize that many other creatures that they don’t consider “human beings” also show caring spirit.
A hen doesn’t want any trespassers to harm its chicks. Birds fetch food from long distances and bring it to their babies. If this is not an example of a caring spirit, then I want to know what it is. Still, others argue that we are human beings because we are intelligent, stating it as though monkeys and dogs, for instance, were unintelligent animals. These people just don’t know, or fail to know, that dogs and monkeys are among the intelligent creatures of the world. That established, dogs and monkeys are human beings, then. Still, some say that we are human beings because we praise or worship God, or have the ability to do so. But such people soon see the stupidity of their own argument when it is looked at in connection to what is written in Psalms 148: 7 & 10. It says: “Praise the LORD from the earth, you great sea creatures and all ocean depths … wild animals and all cattle, small creatures and flying birds, praise the Lord.”
Another reason “human beings” give for considering themselves that way is that the Bible says we have dominion over other creatures, failing to know that the Bible was written by the same selfish and conceited creatures called human beings, and not by baboons or crocodiles.
Still, others say that we are human beings because we can visualize things like the skyscraper, caterpillar, telephone, and computer and bring them to reality, forgetting to know that birds can visualize their nests before building them, opossums visualize their protective holes before building them, and beavers visualize their damps before building them. Frankly, if it is about translating visualization into reality, then beavers, opossums, birds and bees are human beings. Da me say so.
Let’s see another funny reason given.
Being Made in the Image of God
Some have told me that we are human beings because the Bible says that we are made in the image of God. This is a funny argument, in my view.
First of all, like in the case of human beings having dominion over other animals, it is the same selfish and conceited creatures called human beings that wrote the Bible and inserted in it that we are made in the image of God. I am sure the wording of that passage would have been different if it had been written by baboons, monkeys or some other animal.
Second, we have to first establish what the meaning of the word “image” is in that passage. Does the “image” refer to a form or shape? If yes, then are we saying God has the same structure as “human beings” – erect with legs, hands, butt, nose, toes, fingers, and so forth? Then how about animals having shapes/structures like us? Human beings, too? Does the “image” refer to some intelligence? Then baboons, dogs and many other creatures are human beings, too.
I will not say anything further on the “image” argument until someone can clearly explain to me what the meaning of “image” is in Genesis 1:26. You like it, jacko; you na like it, Jack-o’-Lantern.
To be continued…
Seriously, my people, aren’t these points to ponder?