We create stories and ascribe meaning, which no other creature in recorded history has done. This is not enough to save us, but at least God might miss us.
as Weber said, "man is a creature suspended in webs of meaning that he himself has spun" - it's our greatest strength and our most dangerous liability - but it MIGHT save us if we can agree on the right story
A combination of the two.
The innocence that likely saves us from being eradicated for our ignorance I'd say...
Elaborate? I'm not sure what you're asking for here.