#21. The Attenborough description.

Jan Lammens: “How would Sir David Attenborough describe the most fascinating creature on the planet?”.

Today we have a closer look at the humanist, a truly enchanting animal.

The humanist, in some parts better known as the ‘open-minded human’, is a subspecies of the regular human. The two varieties are indistinguishable at first glance, but careful social analysis reveals remarkable differences.

As we see here, the humanist is more calm and quiet than the regular human. This could be mistaken for indifference, but the truth is much more complex. Although the brain size of the humanist is nearly identical to that of the regular human, it shows more activity in the lobes associated with empathy and reflection, and less in those related to speech. On average, the humanist articulates about a fifth of the words of a common human, but it has spent a manifold of time and energy reflecting on those utterances. This makes the statements of a humanist much more careful, which leads to a lower risk of conflict and a higher probability of survival.

However, the rise of the humanist is of no threat to the common human. In fact, both species co-exist in a remarkable symbiotic relationship. As you can see, the regular human provides the humanist with basic necessities as food and shelter. The humanist returns the favor by protecting the human for all sorts of self-inflicted damage. Some scientists even claim that the regular human could have already gone extinct without the guidance of its own subspecies.

We can only but conclude that the humanist is the most fascinating creature to have ever roamed this planet. And it would probably agree on that, after careful reflection.

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Martijn Beckers

I’m Martijn. One day I hope to become a succesful writer of some sort. A novelist, maybe. Or a columnist, a journalist or an advertising copywriter. I haven’t figured that part out yet. What I do know, however, is that practice makes perfect. You know what they say: 10,000 hours of deliberate exercise. Or 365 days, in this case.

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