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What is your definition of being human?

Not humanity as a whole, not in a scientific way, but the spark that makes one human--what is it, in your opinion?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    To be human is to be aware. And being aware is to interact with your environment (including those who surround )you in a purposeful way. The key element is concious thought.

    Cogito, ergo sum.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    I think

    I feel

    I have morals and act on them

    I make choices that are not selfish

    I reason

    I love

    I speak with a complex language including sign, electronic and verbal

    I have a complex thought process that superceeds all other animals on earth

    and a myriad of other things that animals can't and don't and will never do.

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  • 1 decade ago

    i don't think there's a non-scientific way to explain that! for me, what makes humans stand out is our ability to communicate in the way we do, through art, dance, language, music, humour and love, and through all of these combined, our ability to believe, by which i mean, to answer questions which are unanswerable. having said that, there's no way of proving that other species can't do anything similar.

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  • 1 decade ago

    A vehicle for the soul to cruise the beach in. It has been said that we are not humans having occasional spiritual experiences but are spiritual beings having a human experience.

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  • 1 decade ago

    human to me is alot of things it is self discipline, kindness ,do unto others as you would like to be done the same,understanding ,caring ,loving ,forgiveness ,to be the best person with the knowledgethat you have ,try to help others in need even if it means giving your last pee on your plate. if they need it more than you give,take care of others in need ,take care of the animals that cant take care of them self's .go out of your way to be the best person you can be and a real human dont see color or let others cut another colors defend you brother and sisters , Take care of your babies.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Having a body, soul & spirit.

    Walking on earth & having a life. I guess what makes us human is that we are also diverse. No one is the same.

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  • rezany
    Lv 5
    1 decade ago

    I am weak in flesh but strong in spirit. What makes my flesh weak; environment, lifestyle, natural aging processes maybe. What makes my spirit strong; Faith in God, that I was only meant to be in the flesh a short time.

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  • Peace
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    the more i learn about animals and animal behaviour makes me unable to answer this as i once would

    i would have in the past said the ability to love ... but i have seen animals love just as unconditionally as we do

    i would have said compassion ... but i have seen animals act with more compassion than most humans

    being human is nothing more than being another species .... but every species on earth is amazing in its own unique way

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  • Complex language, the extensive ability to use tools. Other than that not much.

    For everyone who wrote "wants and needs" animals also have those.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Being imperfect enough to believe in the need for a God.

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