So, what really makes those creatures called “human beings” to be human beings? Is it the use of language? If yes, then I don’t see what really makes “human beings” human beings, and what makes them different from other creatures, for other creatures, too, have their own languages that they have been using since their existence. In fact, they might have developed their languages in some form or another. Our not being cognizant of that does not negate the fact that it is so.
In this article, I will present additional reasons that others have given to indicate what they believe makes us “human beings,” or what makes us different from other animals.
Human Beings Have Emotions
There are those who argue that “human beings” are human beings because they have emotions – the feeling to love, to hate, to fear, to be happy, to be sad, to be angry, to be jealous, to be friendly, and so forth.
If this is the definition of “emotion” that those presenting the human-being-have-emotion argument have in mind, then, again, they’ve failed to convince me on what really makes us to be human beings, for other creatures not only have emotions, but they also express them.
Dogs, cats, monkeys, baboons, fish, chickens and other animals can express hatred, love, fear, sadness, anger and other emotional feelings. I have seen animals hate other animals so much so that they engage in a fight with them. Equally so, I have seen animals love other animals so much that they wrestle or laugh with them. Animals can also be jealous, friendly and unfriendly.
Also, I have seen animals mourn over the death or illness of another animal from their midst. I have seen animals wail over the death of another animal. If they lack emotions, what causes them to behave in such a fashion? I have seen some animals taking the carcass of another animal of their kind with them, refusing to leave the dead body in a dangerous zone. I have seen animals warn other animals to help them escape or prevent danger. If they lack emotions, what causes them to behave in such a fashion?
I refuse to accept that the creatures called human beings are human beings because they have emotions or feelings. Just as we have feelings, other animals, too, have emotions. Our failure to see it does not, and should not, erase the fact that they have.
Human Beings Have Caring Spirit
In stating what makes us “human beings,” another reason some have given is that human beings have a caring spirit, which, according to them, other animals don’t have. But this is as false as the previous argument, for animal also have a caring spirit. If animals lack a caring spirit, what causes a hen or a bird to fetch food for its hungry chicks? If animals lack a caring spirit, why does a bitch protect its puppies from intruders?
If animals lack a caring spirit, why does one monkey caringly scratch the hair or the back of another monkey? If animals lack a caring spirit, why does a monkey sitting on the branch of tree signal or warn a deer on to ground about the presence of a preying leopard or lion? I have seen this on the TV program called Animal Planet.
If it is “caring spirit” that makes us human beings, then other animals are human beings, too, for they, too, have a caring spirit. In this case, I still haven’t seen what really makes us to be human beings, and what makes us different from other animals.
Seriously, my people, aren’t these points to ponder?