Heroes are the practical people who recognize current tasks (识时务者为俊杰 )
Editor’s Note: Stephen Friberg is visiting Morocco, Turkey, and then the Holy Land for pilgrimage at the Baha’i World Center in Haifa. His blogs will restart on July 22nd. Today’s guest blog is by Yanli Mi, a biophysicist from Szechuan province in China.
June 18th, 2012: Four positions can be offered to discuss the differences between humans and animals:
- Humans are the only species created by God, and are blessed with spiritual superiority compared to other animals (theologian’s position).
- Both humans and animals are sentient beings whose minds survive death (Buddhist position).
- Both humans and animals are and always have been automatons whose minds cease at death (materialist position).
- The ape-men were suddenly equipped with souls at an arbitrary date during the evolution process (evolutionist position).
We see humans as different from other animals on four levels: physiologically, mentally, socially and spiritually. However, neither science nor religion knows completely how to distinguish humans from other animals. Neither has advanced far enough to understand the whole of the “divine” connection between human and other animals, although we understood pieces of it.