THE ONLY SPECIES

1.

Man,
The only species that stands fully upright
And takes pleasure in the mirror
Covers its genitals
And prefers to copulate in private
Faces its partner in sex
And elevates intercourse to a rapturous spirituality

2.

The only species that secretly betrays its partner
And can inflict pain for pleasure
Casts curses
Believes in the Devil and in Evil
Embellishes truth
Kills for sport
Has to be encouraged to live
Willfully ends its life
Can be repulsed by its own appearance
Fears Life as well as Death
Stores up Hate
Detests its own species
Capable of destroying its own kind
Capable of terrorizing the entire animal kingdom
Ready to die for its religion
Willing to destroy itself in the name of a deity
By itself, changes the composition of the Earth
And the only species that can clean it up

3.

Blushes
Cooks its food
Has a hundred recipes for the same meal
Voluntarily gives up possessions

4.

Believes in Impossible Goals
Desires to travel to the Edge of Space
Believes in Serving Others
Recognizes its own Sinfulness
Asks for Forgiveness
Admires another
Bestows Blessings
Possesses Faith

5.

The only species with the power of Imagination
Strives to make its dreams come true
Believes in the Unseen
Believes in Angels
Sees Love as an incentive for living
Creates–for the joy of others
Is haunted by Beauty
And overcome by it
Recounts stories of days past
Weaves stories of days to come
Points to objects
Waves goodbye

6.

Is an animal which, alone among all animals,
refuses to be satisfied by the fulfillment
of animal desires.
And insulted when called an animal.

— © Abraham Menashe