What Kind of Animal Would You Be?

The lack of common knowledge among some people simply amazes me. It shows itself every time somebody asks “If you were an animal, what animal would you be?”.

Human beings, for those who are still confused, are indeed animals. We belong to the Order of Primates, the Class of Mammals, and the Kingdom of Animals. Scientifically you might refer to us as Homo sapiens sapiens. Like it, or not, we evolved from an ancient ape-like being and now rule the planet with numbers over 2.8 Billion (as of November 2009).

We are Animals, we are not rocks, we are not plants. Our bodies are made of cells, the cells in our bones are not all that unlike the cells in the bones of other animals. The cells in our skin are not so different to the cells in the skin of our beloved cat or dog. Our lungs work to bring air into our bodies, to enrich our brains with oxygen, not unlike the lungs in whales.

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We react to stimulus. We need to eat, we want to avoid being eaten. We have an urge to multiply.

Simply because we have opposable thumbs and a larynx placed low enough to allow for speech does not make us any less of an animal than does the elephants unique trunk.

Simply because we think we are superior to the other animals does not make it so. We seem to think we have dominion over all the other animals. For some this is justified through their religion. We have to justify it to allow ourselves to commit the kind of atrocities we have towards the other animals, and by this I refer to any thing done to the other animals except for eating them. By the ignorance shown in the original question we see that some people are raising their children to think humans are not animals, but some sort of superior being.

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None the less, since humans ARE animals, we must return to the original question and rephrase it correctly to read: “If you were another type of animal, what would you be?”.

To answer that, personally, I would have to pick an animal with the least risk of human interference. This would probably be a deep sea creature of some sort. Living in the dark at the bottom of the ocean or in the Mariana Trench.

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It might be simpler living as one of the protected species, but if we consider that many of these are confined in cages as part of breeding programs we can see that their lives lack deeper meaning, and are sterile and boring.

Undoubtedly nobody would select to come back as a battery hen but it doesn’t stop them from eating eggs from those birds.

In the mean time, we, humans, ARE animals, so deal with it!

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25 Responses to “What Kind of Animal Would You Be?”
  1. ken bultman Says...

    On December 13, 2009 at 7:57 pm

    I would like to be a party animal but I can’t get a date.


  2. Authoress Terry E. Lyle Says...

    On December 14, 2009 at 1:01 am

    I agree with Ken, I’d like to be a party animal but i can’t stay awake as long as I could before. I’m tired by 3am.


  3. Writer Extraordinaire Says...

    On December 14, 2009 at 1:04 am

    I like the shark attack video..!


  4. Snooky Says...

    On December 14, 2009 at 3:34 am

    A black panther I would be, stalking the shadows unseen but never missing a thing. feared and admired, leave me alone and you’ll get the same from me.


  5. mikky webs Says...

    On December 14, 2009 at 9:15 am

    Me same as party animal!


  6. gcbyod Says...

    On December 14, 2009 at 4:44 pm

    whahhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!


  7. Ramalingam Says...

    On December 14, 2009 at 6:12 pm

    I would like to be a deep sea animal with least risk or disturbance from the other animals, especially the human beings.Interesting and well thought out.Thanks for sharing.


  8. Kinga Says...

    On December 14, 2009 at 8:41 pm

    I might want to be a Vampire Squid From Hell, vampyroteuthis, in the deep sea. Or a dog, or a horse, or a bird. Or a squirrel. I’d love to be a lot of different animals.


  9. Kinga Says...

    On December 14, 2009 at 8:41 pm

    I might want to be a Vampire Squid From Hell, vampyroteuthis, in the deep sea. Or a dog, or a horse, or a bird. Or a squirrel. I\’d love to be a lot of different animals.


  10. PR Mace Says...

    On December 15, 2009 at 12:02 am

    I would want to be a Mace dog. They have the best life.


  11. MartineP Says...

    On December 15, 2009 at 10:10 am

    Finally somebody that dares to speak the truth. We are not above nature, but a part of that and I believe most of us forget indeed. I once had a discussion with somebody claiming we were no animals, but something more divine.
    I like to be a bat. That will give me least efforts to find my way in the dark ;)


  12. Adam Qualmann Says...

    On December 15, 2009 at 11:52 am

    would it be ok to say, “If you could come back as…..” or “if you could pick……” Just wondering. I can sense that this question upsets you and I don’t want to be the one that gets jumped for asking it. LOL

    If I could be a different animal, I think I would pick a dog. Yes, there is a chance that you will be neglected and beat, but you have that chance as a person to. I would pick a dog because they tend to be spoiled and the owner to cuttle with and all that. I know my dog has a good life. She get to play, sleep, eat treats, ex. ex. I could go on all day. But, Thats what I would Pick.


  13. Mark Gordon Brown Says...

    On December 15, 2009 at 12:11 pm

    a germ


  14. 8Shei8 Says...

    On December 15, 2009 at 3:45 pm

    I like to be a tiger and if not, I want to be like Ken (a party animal but with a date!)


  15. jerk4life Says...

    On December 15, 2009 at 4:09 pm

    It would be so tight being an eagle because no one kills them anymore since they are on the endangered list and it would be awesome to just fly


  16. Rask Balavoine Says...

    On December 15, 2009 at 4:56 pm

    I want to be anything that hibernates over Christmas. Or maybe a sloth


  17. Saint Jimmy Says...

    On December 15, 2009 at 8:44 pm

    The article was overall good, I never thought someone would make an article rephrasing the question but its ok. Anyhow, if I were an animal (another animal!!!) I would be a Lion or a Golden Retriever. I like the Lion, because its my birthday solar star thing (Leo) and I’d be a Golden Retriever because, who doesn’t want to sit around in a house all day, do tricks, eat everything without consequence, and just lay around a sleep!


  18. drelayaraja Says...

    On December 16, 2009 at 6:47 am

    Nice article. I am an animal lover and love the human animal a lot… but hate the animal inside the human.

    Would like to remain a human….


  19. Yusuf2554 Says...

    On December 16, 2009 at 6:57 am

    Nice article. By the way some people do know that they are animals but when they ask that question they mean what other animal would you be. But yea you are right we are like other animals because we are animals.


  20. spunkyduckling Says...

    On December 16, 2009 at 8:05 am

    I for one cannot “deal with it”. God never addressed man as animals in his book, he distinguished us from animals. We could never be animals. We weren’t derived from animals. But mankind is still in immaturity to realize this! It is like saying the earth is flat and then only to discover years later it is round. Years from now man is going to understand that we never came animals. But alas we must creep before we walk that road of understanding through trial and error.


  21. Brenda Nelson Says...

    On December 16, 2009 at 12:01 pm

    to Spunkyduckling – the problem is that the Bible is not considered a FACT based book. It was that way of thinking that held the earth to be flat, not the other way around.
    Your thinking is backwards and outdated as it use to be thought we DID NOT come from other animals but now we know we did.


  22. pablina Says...

    On January 12, 2010 at 2:41 pm

    I would be a very lazy cat.. Good read. :)


  23. charlie Says...

    On April 10, 2010 at 7:45 pm

    i woud be a ummmmmmmmmmm………. a whale because then i woud have atenchon and well it woud be fun


  24. charlie Says...

    On April 10, 2010 at 7:50 pm

    oh ya why did someone say a garem lol


  25. charlie Says...

    On April 10, 2010 at 9:04 pm

    i woud rather be a owl achily


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