As far as weíre concerned, no cats can laugh, fish canít smile, and dogs canít read
and write. Only humans are able to perform these complicated tasks, because we
assume we are smarter than all other animal species, at least by our own
definition. Many people believe that a person is just a human, another being
that is just like them. Maybe someone that has a body in the shape of a human,
someone who can speak a language that others understand, someone who can love
and have emotions or someone that has a mind frame of a ďhumanĒ, but honestly
what distinctive traits do humans possess that animals donít?
I believe every
ďanimalĒ and every ďhumanĒ thinks the exact same just in a different way. Humans
express themselves by speaking a certain language that maybe only humans can
really understand, just as animals speak their own language just in a different
form than what we cant fully understand. Just because a dog canít speak the same
language as us, does it really mean they are truly any different? If that would
be the case what would a person who is mentally ill and canít speak at all be?
Just as we really canít understand the dog, we canít really understand the
mentally ill person, we can guess as much as we want to about what they are
saying but we would honestly really never know because we canít get in either of
their brains to know what their thinking.
once famously said ďthere is no fundamental difference between man and the
higher mammals in their mental facultiesĒ Ė he firmly believed that the
difference between human and animal intelligence was one of degree and not of
kind. A good question to think about is: what is our intelligence really based on? Is it the size of our brains, the
amount of neurons we have, or is it really based on how and where we are raised?
I strongly believe that how we turn out to be is based on how and where we are
raised, and as time evolves every being becomes wiser and stronger about living
in the environment they live in. Just as we were once ďsupposedlyĒ a form of a
monkey, we became more intelligent and adapted different ways to live.
What Would Happen if Humans Were Raised by Wild Animals? Sometime in the future I feel that more animals will start to adapt a
different way of living that could possibly lead them doing the exact things
that humans already do. Itíll just take time, and we may not see it just
because it takes more than a generation to evolve. When babies are born into
different families (in different countries and settings) they are raised different and do not grow up to live the same
life, maybe similar in some ways, but not the same. The video documentary Babies
that! Just as animals, they are raised by a different family and in a sort
of different environment so they all act in a different way. If a human is put
into a family of dogs from the time itís born until it grows up what would that
human act like, more of a human or a dog? Most likely a dog because how
can you know what to act like if your only surrounded by one group of species
and not around regular humans your whole life? Check out this documentary about
a true story where a girl was raised by wild dogs her whole life:
As you can see, we are creatures of habit. Our intelligence evolves
through evolution. Another example documentary is about a little boy that
was raised by monkeys:
As you can see there are two sides to this argument, what really is a human? I
strongly believe there is no real definition for humans, because deep down, everyone and
everything is equal. We donít single out others because they are a
different race, gender, or age than us so there is no real reason to single out
animals because they donít have the same language as us, behave like us or meet
certain peoples criteria to be a human. I believe every living creature on earth
(and the universe) all comes from
spiritual source that makes us all related in one way or another.
We may be on different levels of intelligence (or ways of life as I like to
say), but that in no way should make us any different or more valued than any
other living creature. I personally do not believe in smart or dumb, we
just are what we are!