Over the long span of history, people have come up with a large number of ways to differentiate the Humans and the
other Animals. These differences may or may not be universally agreed upon; in fact, sometimes they are flat-out incorrect, or
mutually contradictory. Primary
among them are:
My theory is the main thing that differentiates humans from the other animals is our obsession with creating and destroying (and our lack of desire to maintain things). You'll never see greater glee in the face of a child then when she builds a beautiful sand-castle ... except, perhaps, when she jumps on it, reducing it once again to a pile of sand. You'll never find a programmer happier than when he's talking about creating a new system from scratch, or gloating about decommissioning the work of his predecessor. And you'll never, ever, hear a politician talk with enthusiasm about enforcing laws, merely passing new ones or repealing old ones.
Animals seem to lack this fascination with creation and destruction. The Beaver spends most of its time fixing its dam, not moving off to new ponds. Coral is quite content to build upon the work of the previous generation. Trees will pick a spot, and stick with it, come hell or high water.
Indeed, once you make the allowance for the fact that ants and bees are basically small humans, you'll find that this rule is an inviolate Scientific Natural Law.
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