If We Are Not Just Animals, What Are We?

To cut the story short: By speaking in the first person we can make statements about ourselves, answer questions, and engage in reasoning and advice in ways that bypass all the normal methods of discovery. As a result, we can participate in dialogues founded on the assurance that, when you and I both speak sincerely, what we say is trustworthy: We are “speaking our minds.” This is the heart of the I-You encounter.

~ Roger Scruton from, http://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/06/opinion/if-we-are-not-just-animals-what-are-we.html