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What makes us Human - Kate Adie

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May7 Wed 12-Feb-20 18:45:36

Did anyone listen to the Jeremy Vine show on Radio 2 this afternoon. In particular the item entitled “What makes us Human”
Now I’ll hold my hands up and say I am not a fan of the show and whilst I listen to radio 2 all day (in the background) I switch channels to anything rather than listen to him and his mostly overbearing guests . Today though I was trapped in a friend’s car and the show was on. Coronavirus was the discussion and the usual mix of people were giving their opinions. Then the item “What makes us human” came on and it was the turn of Kate Adie to enlighten us. What a beautiful and thought inspiring broadcast this was. Even though Kate has been to all the war torn countries and seen some terrible atrocities she says Kindness is what makes us human . If you can listen to it on catch up please try to.

She says she wishes that “We all just took a little time to be kind before we put pen to paper or our fingers on keyboards and social media or forums”..... Just got me thinking today ???

Hetty58 Wed 12-Feb-20 18:51:33

Kindness and cooperation are survival strategies for many mammals, especially apes and humans where group living gives us security against outside threats and uncertainty. Together we are stronger!

ExperiencedNotOld Wed 12-Feb-20 21:12:58

I saw this posted on Facebook earlier today:

If we could look into each other’s hearts and understand the unique challenges each of us faces, I think we would treat each other much more gently, with more love, patience, tolerance and care.

Says everything really. I’d say it should go for the virtual world of GN as well.

Moocow Wed 12-Feb-20 21:22:22

Yes. Wouldn't it be lovely for this to reach the dizzy lengths some of the other GN topics have, in a kind way of course

ExperiencedNotOld Wed 12-Feb-20 21:54:54

I think it’ll not receive much attention. I do wonder whether certain permanently grouchy posters use this site to exercise their ill will about whatever is wrong with their life.
I smile when writing something kind. I don’t when I allow myself to get trapped in argument. This week I’m trying to resist everything but kindness.

Callistemon Wed 12-Feb-20 22:20:55

1% of our DNA.

MissAdventure Wed 12-Feb-20 22:22:00

Otherwise we'd be chimps. smile

May7 Wed 12-Feb-20 22:47:51

Whats 1% of our DNA pleaseconfused

Callistemon Wed 12-Feb-20 22:55:27

what's 1% of our DNA please

Would you like the long explanation or the short precis, May7?

The 1% of the DNA I refer to is the 1% that we do not share with chimpanzees and with bonobos, that is the difference which makes us human.

Callistemon Wed 12-Feb-20 22:58:34

However, it is a lot more complicated than that.

May7 Wed 12-Feb-20 23:01:17

Callistemon ok thanks for that quick reply smile

TwiceAsNice Thu 13-Feb-20 00:02:59

What makes us human? We have a soul.

Nansnet Thu 13-Feb-20 03:39:37

Empathy ... the ability to sense other people's emotions, coupled with the ability to imagine what someone else might be thinking or feeling.

Sadly, it's seriously lacking amongst some people. All too often, when someone is feeling down/upset/stressed about something, and they come here looking for a bit of advice/reassurance/support, there's always someone eager to make them feel worse than they already do, without a single thought as to what effect it will have on the person asking for advice.

May7 Thu 13-Feb-20 09:02:10


Callistemon Thu 13-Feb-20 09:46:10

I don't think that empathy is totally exclusive to humans though.

we have a soul
If you are religious you may believe that. However, we don't know that for certain, neither do we know that animals don't have souls.

The ability to cry tears of emotion.

threexnanny Thu 13-Feb-20 09:54:56

Much as I agree with the sentiment I don't think it is exclusively human. All of our dogs and a few cats have noticed when one of the family is sad or unwell then made a fuss of the sufferer.

gillybob Thu 13-Feb-20 09:55:41

Don’t elephants cry too ?

I think it’s something to do with the ability to overthink and not just accept . (Clumsily put I know)

Callistemon Thu 13-Feb-20 10:08:18

It is reported that animals shed tears but not through emotion, more for lubrication.

Although there was a case of an elephant which apparently shed a tear when he was rescued. It could have been coincidence.
Certainly animals, notably elephants, mourn their dead.

Callistemon Thu 13-Feb-20 10:09:26

Yes, dogs seem to have empathy threexnanny, in my experience. And sometimes a weird sixth sense.

MissAdventure Thu 13-Feb-20 10:09:59

I love this.

Callistemon Thu 13-Feb-20 10:13:14

We human think we're superior to animals - is that what makes us human?
A feeling of superiority?

Luckygirl Thu 13-Feb-20 10:30:24

I would be interested in a definition of "soul."

I was talking to vicar the other day as she is presiding at my OH's funeral on Wednesday. She defined god as the essence of goodness in the world, rather than a specific being. I resisted the temptation to ask how this essence could have a son to send, or was able to choose to answer prayers, or should be worshipped etc.

But essentially I agreed with her - there is a spirit of goodness present which we can choose to latch on to or not- I said I was happy to accept that and that I thought the most important thing was simply to be as kind as we can - nothing else really matters.

But I do think that animals can be kind - and not necessarily purely as a survival mechanism.

May7 Thu 13-Feb-20 10:48:37

I think what I got from Kate Adies thoughts were that even though we as humans commit atrocities there is a potential in all humans to be kind and if we look around we will see the kindness of strangers everywhere. The what makes us human broadcast is not really about comparing us to animals it's just meant to be thought provoking and maybe change our behaviour. If you listen to it you may well interpret it differently though wink

MissAdventure Thu 13-Feb-20 10:53:10

We have the potential to change the world with kindness.
I'm not sure we'll ever reach that potential, though.

Still, we can have a go at changing our little part of it.

May7 Thu 13-Feb-20 14:11:30

Misdventure dittoflowers