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Human beings are the only creatures on Earth that claim a God and the only living thing that behaves like it has not got one (from here)

Does "living thing" mean human?if yes,why is the verb plural but "thing" isn't?

Does "has not got" mean has not understood,and "one" mean singleton?

What is the content of this statement?

Thanks

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  • That is not good English. Where did you find it? Jul 1, 2018 at 13:54
  • @Michael Harvey That is quote by the Rum Diary i see that in picture
    – Zahra19977
    Jul 2, 2018 at 10:18
  • Please copy the text carefully and provide a source every time. It says "Human beings are the only creatures on Earth that claim a god and the only living thing that behaves like it hasn't got one."
    – Em.
    Jul 9, 2018 at 23:07
  • @Em.Ok i understand
    – Zahra19977
    Jul 10, 2018 at 15:19

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It's not a very well constructed sentence.

The first part is fine. The implied clause "(human beings) claim a God" is slightly odd use of claim, but I can understand it.

Human beings are only creatures on Earth that claim a God

the second part (after and) means

[human beings are] the only living thing that behaves like it has not got [a God]

Which is uncomfortable as it shifts between the plural and the singular. You can defend it by understanding a "living thing" to refer to a species, so the plural (human beings) is one species (humanity) but it could probably be rewritten.

The suggestion is that other living things (cats, mosquitos, trees, bacteria) don't say that God exists, but other living things behave as if they are following the will of God.

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