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What's the best thing about being a human?

Asked by ninjacolin (14233points) April 7th, 2009

is it our opposable thumbs? our endless well of creative expressions of love? our diversity of comprehensible languages?

despite any and all of our negative qualities, what features make you happy to be a human being rather than any of the other species in all of creation?

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BBSDTfamily's avatar

Superior cognitive abilities, pleasurable sex, and the luxury of using a real toilet :)

augustlan's avatar

I think it’s the very fact that we can ponder such questions. :)

Bluefreedom's avatar

I think the best thing for me is having had the pleasure and fortunate opportunities to experience so many wonderful events in my life up until now and the eager anticipation of getting to do so many more great things I want to in my future.

prasad's avatar

Uhh…best? I do know distinguishing thing!
There are many similarities between humans and other creatures. All do many things in common, all do eat, drink, sleep, have fun with friends and family, have sex. Humans could do these in a more sophisticated manner though. But, these doesn’t separate humans from animals.
Humans have thinking capability. If you see Bhagavat Gita and other religous books, you’ll find an answer to why this capability is bestowed upon humans. This capability helps us find answers to questions like who we are, from where we did come, why we did come here, what our relations is with God, and so on.

Judi's avatar

Free choice

NaturalMineralWater's avatar

Try as I might.. I can think of nothing better than @augustlan ‘s answer.

squirbel's avatar

The fact that we have choices.

FGS's avatar

Our ability to love and be loved in all of its forms.

Lupin's avatar

All the others taste delicious grilled with teriyaki sauce and a glass of wine.

qualitycontrol's avatar

the pain and suffering

Mr_M's avatar

The ability to make music, appreciate music and move to music.

elwing's avatar

I can choose. Choises of feelings, choises of filling the day. What to do after work.. All that stuff.

Harp's avatar

Our capacity for compassion. Without it, I’d hate to think what we’d do with our other “special” abilities.

Vinifera7's avatar

From a highly subjective and biased standpoint, I’d have to say that reason is the best thing about being human.

To those of you who answered “free will” or something to the effect of “choice”, I would argue that our higher cognitive abilities only give the illusion of free will. You are really only capable of belaying your inclinations some of the time. But that’s a separate discussion.

ShauneP82's avatar

Our ability overcome almost any obstacle no matter how annoying or intrusive.

dynamicduo's avatar

I think it’s pretty awesome that we can overcome our primal needs and desires and contribute to something bigger, a society, knowledge, the advancement of ourselves and our species. We are more than the sum of our parts.

GAMBIT's avatar

To love and recieve love in return.

ABoyNamedBoobs03's avatar

The best thing about being human is the ability to realize that there are best things about being human.

plasticpen's avatar

opposable thumbs

Drawkward's avatar

Picking our noses and eating with spoons.
Also, all that love whatnot.

andrew's avatar

The ability to create art and culture.

susanc's avatar

Memory, and the ability to create stories we think of as “memories”.

DIVIDEandCONQUER's avatar

POSEABLE THUMBS AND NO LEASHES

augustlan's avatar

Busily posing my thumbs now.

Judi's avatar

Thought of another one on another thread.
Unlike the animal world (survival of the fittest) we value and protect the weakest among us, at least most of us do.

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