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What Makes Us “Human Beings”? – Part 5

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Yes, da me. Da me Paul. I see no difference between the animals called human beings and other animals, except in their structures or names. We call ourselves human beings, feeing that we are the best of God’s creation. Therefore, we enjoy associating all the positive things with us. Da me say so.

In my entire life, I have not seen or understood what really makes us say that we are human beings, why do we call ourselves human beings and call other animals dogs, chickens or worms?

For me, I feel that we are similar. Sometimes I feel that I am an opossum, a worm, cat, dog, mosquito or some other animal. The point is that I don’t see any difference between us and other animals, yet most people are quick to say that there are some special things that make us human beings. I want to know.

As I have indicated in previous articles, language cannot be what makes us human beings because other animals have their own languages, too. It is not emotions either, as other animals have emotions, too.  It cannot even be caring spirit, as other animals do have and show caring spirit toward other animals, including human beings. Da lie, my people?

At the juncture, let’s turn to another so-called human-related feature that most people say makes us human beings.

Intelligence

Another reason given by those who believe that there are some special things that make a “human being” a human being is that human beings have intelligence. In a sense, such people are arguing that other animals don’t have intelligence. But, again, nothing could be farther from the truth, for other creatures do have intelligence.

If one considers what trained dogs used by security personnel do, it is impossible to say that animals don’t have intelligence. Again, because the creatures called human being enjoy calling themselves the best of everything, it is not surprising that they would think that they are the only animals with intelligence. But the fact is that animals do have and exercise intelligence, too. In fact, monkeys are considered to be intelligent animals.

If, for example, we consider the definition of “intelligence” as “the capacity for learning, reasoning, understanding, and similar forms of mental activity; aptitude in grasping truths, relationships, facts, meanings, etc.,” as stated on dictionarydotcom, and reflect on the activities of certain animals, we cannot say that animals lack intelligence.

But, again, I am not surprised that “human beings” would want to say that they are the only creatures that have intelligence – they think that the whole universe is all about them and that they are the best of God’s creation. Baboons and monkeys may be thinking the same way, too.

Let me tell you the story of a Japanese crow, which fetches its nuts from the woods and brings it to the traffic light section of a busy street. The nut is extremely hard; the bird cannot crack it, so it finds an intelligent way to do it – using cars driven by human beings. First, when the bird comes, it sits on the branch of a tree or some other balancer right above the crossing point near the traffic light, with the nut between its beaks. When the green light comes on for the cars to go, the bird drops the nut, causing any car to crack it in the process. As the red light comes on for the car to stop and the green light comes on for pedestrians to cross, the bird descends on the street and walks/moves with the pedestrians, picking up the pieces of the cracked nut from the road. If this is not intelligence, I want to know what it is.

What is really that thing that makes us “human beings”? I want to know. If anyone knows it, let the person tell me what it is. I am waiting.

To be continued…
Seriously, my people, aren’t these points to ponder?

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