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Man is a wingless animal with two feet and flat nails. ~ Plato

I laughed out loud when I read this quote.

It’s like someone is trying to describe a human being to someone who has never seen one.

Or the first sentence an alien visiting our planet would jot down upon seeing his very first human. Something that might then be read by a youngster from a science book on the home planet of the visiting alien.

This description of man is so basic, so un-glorious, unremarkable, just another carbon-based lifeform noted in some being’s record of observations. Just another animal on the planet earth.

Could it be that is all that Homo sapiens (wise person) are?

Or is man a divine creature fashioned in the image of his creator? Does he have dominion over the earth and all its creatures. Does he have the responsibility to protect them and steward the earth’s resources for the benefit of all living things?

Or is man the Earth’s engineer and the Earth a mere machine from which he takes as much of whatever he wants, whenever he wants, just because he wants?


How would you describe man?