Five Best Things About Being A Part of The Human Race

Despite some of the awful things that have happened lately, I still really do love being a part of the human race. I think the very best thing about being human is the ability to have hope, potential, and love. Despite all of the evil in the world, humans have a great capacity to display hope, or the ability that things will ultimately be okay again. Humans also have so much potential to do great things in the world because of intelligence and ambition. And finally, humans have the ability to love, which I think is not a foreign concept in the animal kingdom, but the way that humans use love as a driving force is what makes humans different from other animals. It is this ability of humans to use love create a power that will hopefully conquer the evil of the world that gives me great hope for a world in which there is no evil.

5 Best Things About Being a Part of The Human Race

Intelligence

Possibly the very best thing about being human is their intelligence. While humans are not the smartest animal in the world, they are certainly one of the smartest animals. Because of this intelligence, humans have been able to advance in the hope of bettering themselves, and possibly the world. Humans have been able to use their intelligence to create roads and railroad tracks to transport both themselves and goods to faraway places. Humans have also been able to use their intelligence to advance technology at such a fast rate, going from the days of dial-up internet and AOL to fast, instantaneous WIFI available literally at their fingertips. In such a short time, humans went from using the Internet as a source of legit information to one that is mostly for entertainment. Humans have used their intelligence in an attempt to make the world and their lives more efficient and convenient. This ability of humans to use their intelligence to make their world somewhat of a better place is what makes being human great.

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Ambition

This one goes hand-in-hand with intelligence. I believe that, unlike non-human animals, humans are highly ambitious. It is this ambition that has helped humans have the ardor and will to advance. It is this ambition that have given humans the desire and ability to somehow believe that they are better than other animals, as well as even other humans. It is also this ambition that has made humans one of the most competitive animals in the world. And it is also this ambition that could potentially see the downfall of the human race, and the world, which is evidenced by global warming. But despite this, ambition is what helps humans to advance. Let’s just hope that this advance continues on an upward trend, instead of a downward trajectory.

Opposable Thumb

While humans are certainly not the only animal to have an opposable thumb (gorillas, apes, chimpanzees, koalas, and pandas do too), the fact that humans do have an opposable thumb is probably one of the greatest things about being human. Because they have an opposable thumb, they are able to easily grab objects, write and draw, and even play video games. Can you imagine trying to grab a cup of coffee without an opposable thumb? Also, without the opposable thumb, humans would never be able to play thumb war. Without the opposable thumb, they would be limited in many creative and intellectual pursuits. And unlike the other animals who do have an opposable thumb, they are the only animal who keeps their thumbs beautiful, getting regular manicures. They take function to an entirely new level. And that is what humans do.

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Goodness

One thing that I have always been proud of being human is the goodness of human beings. I believe that human beings are essentially good. That might be hard to believe considering the many evil things that have happened in the world today. My only argument against that is that those people were influenced negatively through a poor upbringing or a negative environment. Human beings can be pretty susceptible to these negative influences. But I believe that every human wants to be good, and are good. For some, it comes naturally. But for others, they need a little bit of help to guide them in the right direction. Regardless, there is just a little nugget of goodness inside each human. This nugget of goodness is what gives humans the ability to have hope and to love, concepts that not every animal possesses.

Wearing Clothes

Unlike other animals in the world, humans are the only animals who have the luxury and privilege to wear clothes. Since I was a little girl, I have always wondered, and even felt guilty, at this inequality. At the time, I felt that humans shouldn’t have to wear clothes, as it makes them superior to non-human animals. While I still think humans could still stand to be more like their fellow animals, I now see a lot of benefits to wearing clothes, such as the ability to express ourselves and protection from the external elements. These few benefits are the reasons why it is pretty darn good to be human, because I don’t fancy a world in which humans are not wearing any clothes. That would be awkward indeed.

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Hi! I'm Helen and I am a 32 year old biracial millennial mom raising two multiracial children. I am a writer, English consultant, and social media manager. I am a self-proclaimed chocoholic.

17 thoughts on “Five Best Things About Being A Part of The Human Race

  1. My favorite thing about being human is that I can imagine and think about millions of things. I don’t know animals can do or not but we are lucky to be a part of the human race.

    1. Our intelligence is definitely a benefit. Though there are other smart animals, such as dolphins, who I am sure are capable to complex though. though how complex I’m not sure

  2. I am what Father created me to be . . . well, not quite yet, but getting there. πŸ˜‰ Thankfully, I am NOT what I was when Jesus found me! He is changing me into His image.
    An excellent text on this subject of being human is “Darwin On Trial” by Dr. Phillip Johnson, exploring conflicts within and between Darwinism and Neo-Darwinism.
    As for clothes-wearing, believe me, most of us would be doing the world a major disservice if we went sans clothes! πŸ˜…

  3. I think you have encapsulated the core issues regarding being part of the human race, Helen. Anthropologically speaking (I studied to be an archaeologist/anthropologist originally), it is the opposable thumb that tops the list. I like to think we are inherently good.

    One of my favourite things about being human is our power of observation. It is our capacity to observe what is around us (so an innate level of intelligence, if you will) that allowed humankind, to mimic nature and thus contribute to long term survival. People noticed over a long period of time how water seemed to contribute to an abundance of wild grasses. These grasses in turn could be used for a range of things, including grain as a food source. From there, humankind’s determination (ambition, if you will) to mimic nature, saw the development of agriculture, or a continuous food supply.

    Clothing appeared along the way, probably out of necessity. Last night, around the dinner table, our daughter had just returned from the final build of a series of movie sets she has designed and built on site some 700 kms away. Our eldest son, offered to run naked across the battlefield in one scene. I said I don’t know if the rest of the world is ready for that, wearing some sort of clothing would be a good option for you. He said, but it’s a war scene, dad. Everyone else at dinner seemed to agree with his point of view, though πŸ˜‚

  4. Sometimes I think that my cat has it better than I do. He doesn’t have to go to work. He doesn’t have bills to pay. He gets to lounge on the couch and sleep all day. He gets to look cute all the time and gets doted on. Idk if he is conscious of the fact that his life is β€œboring” according to human standards, but he seems pretty content for the most part. Yep, I definitely think that house cats live easier lives than humans 🐈 If reincarnation is real, I want to be reincarnated as a house cat πŸ™πŸ»

    1. I would have to agree with you on that! Many domestic animals do have better lives than humans. As you say, they don’t have to work and can just sit and relax. What a great life. <3

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