The Species Homo Sapiens Essay

1073 Words Nov 28th, 2016 5 Pages
A human, according to TheFreeDictionary.com, is “a member of the primate genus Homo, especially a member of the species Homo sapiens, distinguished from other apes by a large brain and the capacity for speech. Because homo sapiens have larger brains and the capacity for speech, we see ourselves as superior - and in many ways we are. We, as a species, have created all that the material world has to offer and have constantly proven, to ourselves, that there is not much that we aren’t capable of doing. However, one thing that we - as a species- with our large brains and language, have not been able to do, is see each other as equals. This has been a problem since the dawn of time - our inability to accept each other’s differences as additions to the versatility of human beings rather than unacceptable detriments - has caused racism, sexism, heterosexism, able-bodyism, classism, and so many more -isms that are empowered by the idea of looking down on what is deemed the “lesser” of the species. Somehow, the human species has found a way to separate our differences into two categories: “normal” and “other”, and have used that method to paint a negative narrative of the “other.” How is this possible? In my opinion, the only way humans are able to see other humans as “lesser” is if they are able to strip them of their human card, so to speak. When a human being is able to literally dehumanize another human being, then - and only then - are they able to see that human being as less…

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