Are we humans or animals ?

Yesterday while I was having lunch with my daughter she told me that all mammals are given birth to a live young and especially the animals. I said that she’s perfectly right. But she didn’t stop here she ask if humans are mammals too. I said yes with small hesitation waiting to see where she is heading to. After a pause she said very confident then we are animals too. I promptly said NO we are humans. I saw her eyes stare at me in disbelieve and I start to explain her. And as soon as I start to talk about some animal are eating plants and some animals are killing other animal in order to survive. I realized that I am confusing her more so I stop.  Then I ask her.  If a human is killing other human what will happen?  He is going to jail was her answer.  Humans have schools, houses, cars and animals don’t. And from here I start to explain her more about the differences between human and animals.  But deep down in my soul I still think that some peoples in this world are more animal then human.  In spiritual and physical relations we are more evolved than the animals but sometime psychologically we are like animals. What you think ? How can you explain to a 7 years old kid about the differences between human and animals?


8 thoughts on “Are we humans or animals ?

  1. Sometimes it would be an insult to animals to call people one of them. When it comes to monsters in the world, some of the people in this world are the only things that can fit that description.

    But really, what does separate ourselves from animals and what are the significant reasons that your daughter needs to know?

    I’ve two little kids myself. The better we raise them, the better off the world will be for it.

    We are humans because we are smarter than the animals. We have something inside of us that knows when we do something that is wrong. We are often the guardians and protectors of the animals. A conscience and a soul, if you believe those two things are different.

  2. I had the same kind of question when my daughter was about that age. I started by explaining the presence of a soul and will in humans compared to animals. Animals follow their instincts put there by God. Humans are left to decide for themselves.

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