Musings from a published author...

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

In Defense of Humans

I sometimes get tired of hearing people complain about the human race. We have our faults, sure. We could stand to clean up after ourselves a bit more. We should probably stop shooting at each other, and trying to take each others' stuff. And Lord knows we should stop "Keeping up with the Kardashians".

But when you look at what we've accomplished compared to what other animals have accomplished, we're really quite amazing. The bird sings beautiful songs, and the spider spins elegant webs. But the bird sings the same song today that his ancestors sang thousands of years ago. And the spider only spins his web to catch flies... not to dazzle and inspire.

But humans sing many songs in many voices. And we build skyscrapers, and houses, and amusement parks. Sometimes we do it because we have to, but sometimes we do it just because.

We build, and we sing, and we write, and we paint. And we do these things because more than any other creature in Creation, we have a drive to Create.

So, the next time you hear someone talk about how horrible human beings are, sing a song, or draw a picture, or do a dance. Because in all the world, you're the only animal who does that for the pure joy of it. And that's a pretty special reason for us to be here.

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