what are we?

My friend keithnoback has always advised me to leave the faitheads alone. I promised to not bother with them, but you all can indulge me this one time and many more to come.

Katherine asks

Can anyone believe that the differences between humans and chimpanzees are simply biochemical? I have a few questions:

  • Why don’t drugs fix problems such as depression, schizophrenia and bi-polar disorder? Maybe all the causes are not known. 
  • Why do humans insist on going beyond the need for nutrition and prefer food with flavor, color and artful presentation? Custom
  • Why do humans need relationships beyond a partner for sexual intercourse and some association for personal safety? There are birds and a few other animals that keep their partners. Should we promote them to human beings
  • Why do humans have aspirations that transcend their need for food, clothing and shelter? In other words, why are humans never satisfied with the way things are? Because the mind can conceive of anything once it has the raw material for it.
  • Why do humans change the space around them in so many ways when other animals hardly leave footprints? Maybe because we are wasteful
  • Why don’t all homo sapiens make identical sounds for purposes of gathering crowds, finding sex partners or warning of predators? In fact, why do humans have so many ways to express language, laws, government, art, philosophy and religion? Why does no other creature even bother with these things? (Please refrain from the temptation to tell me that an elephant or a cat has produced real art.) Different birds have different sounds for danger, for catcalls and so on. Your comparisons are such that a fish would die thinking itself stupid for not riding a bicycle.
  • Why does every human culture include a religious element? Even the most atheistic, secularized humans on earth worship something—themselves. Because most human societies have generally been ignorant.

We may want to be more than just animals, it is understandable. A little reflection should however dissuade the intelligent from such illusions. Our behaviour is mainly a matter of custom. The things we know or claim to know are so by custom and not by any special effort on our part.

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

Random photos

Give way, the brother is crossing the road

Give way, the brother is crossing the road

well i can open the bin too , or you thought me an idiot?

well i can open the bin too , or you thought me an idiot?

The walk is quite beautiful in its own way

The walk is quite beautiful in its own way

Please stop killing me for my horns.

Please stop killing me for my horns.

 

The beautiful safari walk

The beautiful safari walk

The doctor recommended one bottle of beer a day, so I got myself just one

The doctor recommended one bottle of beer a day, so I got myself just one

Our beautiful coastline

Our beautiful coastline

I can't remember what snake it was

I can’t remember what snake it was

There are many snakes here than I care to count

There are many snakes here than I care to count

Welcome to the Nairobi Safari Walk

Welcome to the Nairobi Safari Walk

My lovely sister

My lovely sister

Bad me, I almost forgot the king of the jungle

Bad me, I almost forgot the king of the jungle