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So I have been pondering the question for a while and I would like to hear what others think about it? I mean there really is not right or wrong answer I am just curious, and I want to hear what other people think.

I think being human means that you have the capacity to feel emotion. I feel that humans have this incredible ability to love and inspire love. Also possessing the ability to think outside yourself and to build meaningful connections with everything and everyone around you. I also believe to be human is to be able to dream and act on those dreams. But I think mostly what sets humans apart from any other creature is the ability to defy all logic with emotion.

I wonder if that is a bad thing but really I don't think it is something that can be defined as good or bad, rather it just is.

Anyway lets have fun trying to find an answer
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Our level of knowledge.

Without it, we'd be just like every other animal. Not saying that animals are smart, they are in their own way.
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i think the most important ones are art, philosophy and within philosophy, the ability to question one's own existence and purpose. Although this isn't necessarily a good thing.

Art... personally, i think music is one of the most wonderful artform that humans created. it makes me happy.
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I really wish I knew.
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Awareness of one's inevitable mortality and the pursuit of materialism and/or other outlets in order to avoid questioning the meaning of our insignificant existences.
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Humans are abstract thinkers and are never content.
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I forget where I heard this, but I agree with it:

To be human?
What is anything without a definition?
To define is to measure.
To measure is to limit.
To limit is to divide.
To divide is to create conflict.
That is what being human is.
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missfigliodellamore wrote:

So I have been pondering the question for a while and I would like to hear what others think about it? I mean there really is not right or wrong answer I am just curious, and I want to hear what other people think.

I think being human means that you have the capacity to feel emotion. I feel that humans have this incredible ability to love and inspire love. Also possessing the ability to think outside yourself and to build meaningful connections with everything and everyone around you. I also believe to be human is to be able to dream and act on those dreams. But I think mostly what sets humans apart from any other creature is the ability to defy all logic with emotion.

I wonder if that is a bad thing but really I don't think it is something that can be defined as good or bad, rather it just is.

Anyway lets have fun trying to find an answer


The meaning of being human is different for everyone, it is up to you to find your meaning of being human.
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It means you're one of, if not the most fortunate race on earth who has a duty to keep it going for the rest of all species. Unfortunately, humanity is being a bit selfish to other animals and is exploiting the planet while not only endangering innocent animals but also endangering ourselves. Essentially, you're lucky as hell you're not a fly so don't be a douche.
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to be human?
well that's the question we all ask our self's in life soon or later. why is that? nobody really know not even me but to be human?
a being is a thing with a sole. what really is a sole? a Sole is the thing that some say is the way to our God or to our feelings that we show. like love, hate, sadness ext.. being human is something that only definition it's self can"t explain. being human is having feelings like loveing someone or being able to show happiness. so being human is being your self,. not what someone whats you to be but what you what to be......
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knowledge alone doesn't make one human
otherwise, you could have a super-computer with all the knowledge in the world and call it "human" when it is not.
nor does emotion by itself, since other animals are capable of displaying emotion in one form or another.

maybe it's the intersection of reason and emotion that make us human. to have self-consciousness and to be able to think about past actions. to be able to hold memories and "have the feels". as someone above said, music is one of the most human things ever made.
it's the intersection of reason (the creative process of writing lyrics and/or instrumentals) and emotion (the "feels" you get from listening to a song.
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Our arrogance.

Dogs have emotions too they whine and bark and get scared. As for art there are birds that dance and sing songs, their intelligence isn't as high so naturally it doesn't sound good to us cause the are simple songs but it is still a form of art. Our intellect just makes those things better, like how some animals can run faster than us, doesn't make them better than us. It is just intelligence and nothing else.

We are the smartest there for most of us do not respect other animals, in addition we really do not respect ourselves either, the biggest threat towards a humans are humans. What can possibly defeat a modern solider with high tech gear and vehicles and what not? easy another human with those things that doesn't agree with him about whatever. I really don't see what is special about us other than we are the smartest and the alpha predator, but that alone is a pretty big deal, out of all the life we are the highest in the natural order of earth. Once we find life on another planet it will be cool to see how we stack up against other alpha predators.

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Being sentient and self-aware, having the capacity for love, and not only discovering who we are, but deciding what we want to be, and leaving behind a legacy for future generations.
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To me, it's self-awareness. We're nothing but a mindless, sex crazed flesh bag without the knowledge of our own mortality. To be human is to be aware of our own death.

Self-awareness is the Original Sin.
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Intrinsically being human really doesn't mean anything, before us there wasn't any other thing to define our existence at least to our knowledge. I like to think of it as a blank slate, tabula rasa if you will, which can be filled in as we go on. However I like to point out some things that set us apart from other species.

The ability to not be present to the moment at hand is a big one, we harbor on the past and future essentially stuck in our heads for a large portion of our life which when done excessively is not a very efficient way to live. Animals act in the moment due to being incapable to question things like we do at least to my knowledge.

Emotions, not in the capability to feel emotions what I mean is an interesting one, the ability to numb certain emotion's or run away form certain emotions as a defensive mechanism. I've seen too many people doing that and I don't think other animals do that or forcing yourself into "being" happy all the time every single day of every single moment.





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To live. Achieve happiness the best you can. Be as happy as you can possibly make yourself.
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