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sweetcandy18 | Student, College Freshman | (Level 1) Honors

Posted December 21, 2011 at 10:28 AM via web

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What do you think is the most important quality that we, as human beings, possess? Why?

What do you think is the most important quality that we, as human beings, possess? Why?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted December 21, 2011 at 10:35 AM (Answer #2)

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The most important capacity that we as human beings have is our capacity to feel compassion for others and to care about them.

To be sure, our ability to reason and think is extremely important.  However, this on its own would not make for a very good world.  Instead, we need to have our compassion and caring so that we do not simply treat others horribly and make our world a sort of living hell.  If we did not feel compassion for other people, we would do things like killing them whenever we wanted to take something from them.  This would be a truly horrible thing.

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joshuayen | Student | (Level 1) Honors

Posted December 21, 2011 at 10:39 AM (Answer #3)

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I think it is logic because without it, even if a person had feelings and empathy, if he or she became misguided, then the feelings would end up being bad. Logic helps people reason out their actions. An example of a person who went bad would be Adolf Hitler. He had compassion, but only for his own "people." (Aryans.) With logic, he would know that all people are equal. (We are all humans.)

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literaturenerd | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted December 21, 2011 at 10:37 PM (Answer #4)

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While I agree that logic may be important (not all humans are capable of logic), I must agree with pohnpei. I believe that compassion is the most important quality human beings should possess. That being said, like logic, some people fail to possess compassion as well. Sometimes,being logical means ignoring what one's heart is saying; in the same way, sometimes being compassionate forces one to ignore the logical.

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bigdreams1 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Associate Educator

Posted December 22, 2011 at 12:10 AM (Answer #5)

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In my opinion, love/compassion are the most important qualities for a human being. Lower beings (animals) have a sort of logic (instinct), but what really sets us apart (other than arguably the ability to reason) is that we can  exhibit true love/caring and sacrifice for other human beings.  Without this trait, we are...frankly...no higher than the animals around us.

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pacorz | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

Posted December 22, 2011 at 2:10 AM (Answer #6)

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I will be different from the crowd here and say it is our ability to imagine. If you can imagine, you can make predictions about the future, which is a very important human ability, and is one of the bases of reasoning. If you can imagine, you can put yourself in someone's place and you can understand what it would feel like to be them, so imagination is also the basis of compassion. Imagination leads us to wonder -and sometimes worry - about what comes next; without it, we would never think about what happens after we die, so imagination is the basis of religious ideas that help us to lead lives of humanism.

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joshuayen | Student | (Level 1) Honors

Posted December 22, 2011 at 8:31 AM (Answer #7)

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While I agree that logic may be important (not all humans are capable of logic), I must agree with pohnpei. I believe that compassion is the most important quality human beings should possess. That being said, like logic, some people fail to possess compassion as well. Sometimes,being logical means ignoring what one's heart is saying; in the same way, sometimes being compassionate forces one to ignore the logical.

However, being compassionate can lead to doom. This world is not an utopia: compassion for a disguised person dressed as a beggar could lead to kidnapping or robbing.

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bhawanipur | College Teacher | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted December 22, 2011 at 11:01 AM (Answer #8)

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What do you think is the most important quality that we, as human beings, possess? Why?

I am sure that my opinions will be different from others. Accordigng to me we have endowed with three very precious qualities. First of all is the intellect with which we can judge the things we come across and decides what is right and wrong. Our mind that acts is allured by every object of the phenomenal worid as per its liking and dislike. But its the intellect which judges and decides. However, it may yield result opposite to the expectation of our mind.

Second quality that we have been endowed with is the speech. On because of it we can talk and express our feeling with others, interact and even it helps in acqiring knowlege, to help others etc.

Third thing is our hand that cn be udes to the service of the needy people.

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vangoghfan | College Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted December 22, 2011 at 1:01 PM (Answer #9)

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The traditional answer to this question (at least in the west) has been "reason," and that seems a good answer to me if I had to choose just one word. So much depends on the ability simply to think clearly and make rational decisions. I agree that compassion and love are important as well, though.

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litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted February 19, 2012 at 12:12 PM (Answer #10)

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The most important quality we as humans have is imagination. What separates us from other species is that we have the capacity to imagine, and therefore invent. We have invented language, culture, and technology. This is what makes us human.

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