Posted by Raul on December 27, 2010
It is said that the most intelligent creature born in planet Earth is a human being. It is said that the main characteristic of a human being is its capability of feelings; love, hate, distrust, confusion, etc.
Is it the capability of feelings proper and unique of human beings? Dogs can experience the same feelings at a lower degree, yet they aren’t considered humans.
At the other hand, there are “humans” that, throughout history, have shown very little “humanity” by their actions towards other fellow humans.
So what about extraterrestrial beings? If they aren’t considered humans since they weren’t born on Earth, but somewhere else in the universe, does it means they are not considered capable of love? (Being love a human characteristic?).
But if they have the capabilities of love (which they should have), then shouldn’t they be considered humans? Unless the capability of love is not a characteristic proper of a human being, or should I say, an Earthling?
In that case, feelings would not be the characteristic of being human, but just one of its properties.
So then, should we greet an extraterrestrial being as a fellow human? Or should we consider ourselves as human or not, mostly depending on our own actions, and not just because we were born in this planet?