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Whats up with Crunchyroll and philosophy?
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I don't think there's much of a difference between humans and animals aside from our DNA and physiology. Humans ARE animals, after all. I guess to be human is to display characteristics that are uniquely human and to have human DNA.
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Posted 5/5/15 , edited 5/5/15
To be human means to eternally struggle.

Our higher intelligence granted us the ability to effectively solve problems. However, as you find one answer, you find 2 more questions, leading to a never ending quest for answers. We also face the difficult situation of having our morals conflict with base instincts. This is the case with racism in my opinion. We generally all agree that its a terrible thing, yet it persists. This is similar to an animal's instinct to avoid foreign creatures and associate with the familiar. So many of our flaws stem from basic nature conflicting with our logical thought processes.

So long as we retain those animal instincts within us, we will always be at war with ourselves.
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Wow I am very happy with everyone's answers!! Honestly this was better than I hoped! Everyone answered honestly and there were very many differing ideas about what makes us human. I was reading everyone's comments and I felt like I got a tiny glimpse of who you all might be, and as a new member to this community it makes me happy

However,(correct me if I am wrong) no one touched on the fact that we all are unique. Each of us is capable of our own individual thought process. We have the ability to be shaped by our experiences and the experiences of others. We look at the world and because there is a mixture of our experiences and our own personal stereotypes that influence what we see we each see a different world. For instance for me when I walk into a crowded room I immediately feel that everyone is staring at me and in every face is a cruel person, because of my experiences with people. This has altered my perspective and so what I see is danger but it might actually not even be there, but to me it is. To another person walking into a crowded room might be like coming home. I live in a world where there is danger at every corner (mostly because of people) but others live in a world that is free and loving.

Another thing I find amazing about people is our ability to overcome obstacles, and not accept defeat. A gazelle when caught in a lions death grip would after a short time accept that it has lost however a person (now this is not always lol) will still struggle to the very last to find a way to live. Some might say that is why we are so destructive, because of that selfish desire to keep, on loving at whatever cost. But I think that we as people are able to appreciate and find happiness in life that animals cannot. We have people we want to come home to, we have dreams we want to accomplish, we want to laugh with our friends, fall in love, we want to make something for ourselves. I think out of all creatures we can look at life as more than just I'm alive and when we die we just aren't alive. We look at life and we see life. We see children playing and to some that might inspire joy. We see that a new episode to our favorite anime has been released and we are elated. We have such a broad spectrum of emotion that strengthens us and weakens us. Animals dont get that.

So I dont know those are my thoughts, what do you guys think though?

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To be human is to live through our lives to its fullest. To struggle through obstacles either alone or gaining help from others to break that obstacle that is blocking the path you want to go to. Living in a world full of other humans that are good, bad, or gray and all of us lives different lives with our love ones. It depends on ourselves and what perspective of what it means to be human.
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It's just a species. It's like asking, what does it mean to be a panda?
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Posted 5/6/15

FlyinDumpling wrote:

It's just a species. It's like asking, what does it mean to be a panda?




Ye, this question confuses me.
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The essence of a human is a rational animal. (Brought to you by Aristotle and Friends, founded 2000+ years ago!) What is an animal? I don't think we need to define that. Unlike irrational animals, we have a rational nature. What is a rational nature? An intellectual nature: this implies the ability to reason, to will freely, to create (art, music, writing, etc.) and other operations unique to rational creatures.

Every human is a rational animal, and nothing is a rational animal except humans.
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I agree with some things said in this thread. Especially the opinion regarding complexity of our minds compared to animals. As far as we know, anyway.
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