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Human Animal

What makes us human is the consciously applied will to overcome what makes us animal?

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gazehound
Nov. 5th, 2007 11:56 am (UTC)
I'm not sure that I can go with that statement because (especially lately) there are times that animals are much more humane to one another.

Not to mention the fact that animals can't lie; don't betray each other; very few species actually commit murder besides the human animal(though there are a documented few (very few) who do - funny enough a type of ape being one of those); and they're not capable of doing anything but living in the moment only - a Taoist trait that "enlightened" humans try very hard to attain sometimes.

Humans really are just another animal species, even though many religions try to make us out to be something more. Granted, we're a very intricately thinking, highly social (more so than just about any other animal out there), severely predatory animal, but animal none-the-less.
philoserf
Nov. 7th, 2007 03:26 am (UTC)
I feel ya.

Humane <> Human.
In my view on must become human before one can be humane.

Hmm? I wonder at the source and orgin of these english language words.

human
From Middle French humain, from Latin humanus, from Persian humana, from Avestan vohu mana (good mind)
humane
From Middle French humaine, from Latin humanus, from Persian humana, from Avestan vohu mana (good mind)


good minds can have their nature without being compassionate.
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