Why Do We Cry?

Would it be ironic if this week’s Dustinland made someone cry?


8 responses to “Why Do We Cry?

  1. Love the “Yankees Lose” part. Hope we can cry with joy tonight.

  2. I’d definitely cry if I broke a unicorn horn.

  3. I’m pretty sure humans aren’t the only species to cry. I’m pretty sure I’ve seen a dog cry.

  4. Animals might produce tears, but not for emotional purposes. According to an article on NPR, “Many animals yelp or cry out when they’re in pain. But as far as scientists can tell, we humans seem to be the only species that shed tears for emotional reasons.”


  5. Yes gorilla,monkeys and other apes do cry as they are very closely related to humans. when they loose any of their soul mate,they do show their grievance by literally shedding tears. They are very sentimental and sensitive like humans.
    This may or may not be true, but I know I’ve heard it before . . . guess it needs a little more research . . . They DO have tear ducts like our own. Nana

  6. How on EARTH can we know for SURE????? Here are the results I found at an Indiana University.

    All animals with mobile eyes are equipped with a tearing system that keeps their eyes lubricated, protecting their eyes from the elements and so on.
    People tell tales of animals such as elephants and dogs weeping when punished. However, even if such an animal does shed tears, there is no scientific evidence that the animal is expressing emotion in doing so.
    But what about when a baby chimp or ape whimpers and screams as it’s being separated from its mother, couldn’t we say with some certainty that the animal is crying?
    While this display does elicit caregiving from the mother, prompting her to feed or protect the baby, it is less clear that what the baby is feeling is similar to what a human feels when he or she cries.
    In fact, it’s not clear that crying and other emotional displays mean exactly the same thing to all humans. For instance, there is a wide range of emotions that prompt people to cry, and some bouts of weeping, such as crying at a stranger’s wedding, seem to be culturally programmed responses.
    In addition, autistic people are said to be less emotionally expressive, but research has shown that it’s more that their expressions and their reactions to the emotional expressions of others are unusual. But does that mean that their sadness is different somehow?
    So even if apes can be said with some certainty to be feeling emotions, then there is the problem of figuring out to what extent what they feel resembles what humans feel.

  7. The first man I ever saw cry in public was Tom Seaver, when he retired.

    I’m a Cubs fan, so Seaver had been one of my most prominent hate objects. (If you young’uns don’t know what I’m talking about, Google “Miracle Mets.”) But that little episode made him more human for me.

  8. I cry because of PMS. Are humans the only ones who get PMS?

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