Comparison between man and animals

I have on several occasions written statements that most of our species have elevated themselves above other animals with whom we share the same nature which I say is a folly and I think the good philosopher says it best.

What is the exact line of demarcation between man and the other animals which he calls brutes? In what way does he essentially differ from the beasts? It is, we are told, by his intelligence, by the faculties of his mind, by his reason, that man is superior to all the other animals, which in all they do, act but by physical impulsions, reason taking no part. But the beasts, having more limited needs than men, do very well without these intellectual faculties, which would be perfectly useless in their way of living. Their instinct is sufficient for them, while all the faculties of man are hardly sufficient to render his existence endurable, and to satisfy the needs which his imagination, his prejudices, and his institutions multiply to his torment.

The brute is not affected by the same objects as man; it has neither the same needs, nor the same desires, nor the same whims; it early reaches maturity, while nothing is more rare than to see the human being enjoying all of his faculties, exercising them freely, and making a proper use of them for his own happiness.

Jean Meslier

About makagutu

As Onyango Makagutu I am Kenyan, as far as I am a man, I am a citizen of the world

5 thoughts on “Comparison between man and animals

  1. Demosthenes says:

    Believing ourselves superior to everything else is the greatest failure of humanity. We have more conscious power to shape the fate of our planet than any other species we know, but that does not mean we should not use that power wisely. Power carries responsibility.


  2. john zande says:

    We’re impressive, but we’re still a beast… a Superstitious Naked Ape, to be exact 🙂


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