What is it about Man that convinces him he is the only intelligent race in The Universe or even that he is superior to every other species on earth.
“Human beings are animals. We aren’t plants and we aren’t bacteria, we are animals. Among animals we are apes, specifically African apes. The other African apes—chimpanzees, bonobos and gorillas—are closer cousins to us than they are to the Asian apes: orangutans and gibbons.
So, one way to understand what makes us human is to ask: “What makes us different from the other apes, and from the rest of the animal kingdom?” What makes us special? For instance, unlike all the other apes, we walk on two legs and this frees our hands to do all kinds of things that other apes can’t do. And (perhaps the two are connected) we have much bigger brains than the other apes.
We can now trace our ancestry through a pretty continuous series of fossils, and are confident that our ancestors of three million years ago were members of the genus Australopithecus. The best-known australopithecine is Lucy—so called because the camp record player in Ethiopia was blaring out the Beatles’ “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” when the fossil hunters returned to camp with the momentous news of her discovery. Lucy had a chimp-sized brain but she walked on her hind legs. It is probably no accident that our brain started swelling like an evolutionary balloon after our hands were freed from the burden of walking and could concentrate on carrying food or manipulating tools.” Richard Dawkins http://www.newrepublic.com/article/116181/humans-vs-animals-organ-makes-all-difference
So let’s take this question and examine it a little closer by taking a look at Genesis Chapter 1 and 2 in what we now accept as The WORD OF GOD. From this book – 1 of 5 of the writings of The Torah we accept that it is the right of man to rule over every living creature on Earth [including women]. The facts are original writings of the creation myth in The Old Testament bears a remarkable similarity to the creation myths of most ancient civilizations and religions many much older and more advanced then the Hebrew nation and was written by Moses between 1500 and 1445 BC. The major difference in this and the older tales is that the Gods and Goddesses[ who were during the Hunting and Gathering period of history the Hierarchy have now become The God Almighty and is decidedly male in keeping with the more war like time period of male domination by strength.
So what does make us different from the other animals?
1] We are the only animal with apposeable thumbs. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thumb
False, many animals have apposeable thumbs including including most simians and some prosimians.
2] A life beyond the childbearing years
Most animals reproduce until they die, but in humans, females can survive long after ceasing reproduction but does this make us superior?
3] An extended period of childhood.
Humans must remain in the care of their parents for much longer than other living primates. The question then becomes why,
Humans are the only species known to blush, a behavior Darwin called “the most peculiar and the most human of all expressions.”
The human ability to control fire would have brought a semblance of day to night, helping our ancestors to see in an otherwise dark world and keep nocturnal predators at bay. The warmth of the flames also helped people stay warm in cold weather, enabling us to live in cooler areas. And of course it gave us cooking, which some researchers suggest influenced human evolution
Humans may be called “naked apes,” but most of us wear clothing, a fact that makes us unique in the animal kingdom, save for the clothing we make for other animals. .
7] Extraordinary brains
Without a doubt, the human trait that sets us apart the most from the animal kingdom is our extraordinary brain. Humans don’t have the largest brains in the world — those belong to sperm whales. We don’t even have the largest brains relative to body size — many birds have brains that make up more than 8 percent of their body weight, compared to only 2.5 percent for humans. Yet the human brain, weighing only about 3 pounds when fully grown, give us the ability to reason and think on our feet beyond the capabilities of the rest of the animal kingdom
We look naked compared to our hairier ape cousins. Surprisingly, however, a square inch of human skin on average possesses as much hair-producing follicles as other primates, or more
9] Upright posture
Humans are unique among the primates in how walking fully upright is our chief mode of locomotion. This frees our hands up for using tools. Unfortunately, the changes made in our pelvis for moving on two legs, in combination with babies with large brains, makes human childbirth unusually dangerous compared with the rest of the animal kingdom
The larynx, or voice box, sits lower in the throat in humans than in chimps, one of several features that enable human speech. Human ancestors evolved a descended larynx roughly 350,000 years ago. We also possess a descended hyoid bone — this horseshoe-shaped bone below the tongue, unique in that it is not attached to any other bones in the body, allows us to articulate words when speaking.
So what does make us superior to all other animals?
Humans are the dominant species on earth. Or to put it more humbly, perhaps we are the species that has more impact on the planet, good and bad, than any other.
So which single attribute had made us more fundamentally different from all others over the last few hundred thousand years?
Is it our ability to make and control fire? Our legendary opposable thumbs? Our ability to communicate? Our social connections with other humans, or our spiritual explorations? Or some other factor?
You decide; or maybe if you actually think about it you’ll come to the conclusion that you’re are no better then your 4 legged or winged brother and that all creatures are equal .
Or is it simply a case of MIGHT MAKES RIGHT? After all we are the only species on Earth that kills for SPORT and think the words PROSPERITY, PROGRESS, PEACE and FREEDOM are synonymous with WAR, ANNIHILATION, SLAVERY, and the DESTRUCTION OF THE PLANET WE CALL HOME.
NOTE: for suggested reading please check out Animal Farm. I think you’ll see the relevance – besides it’s a good read. You can find a summary here.