When people think of the question “what does it mean to be human?” all the answers that come to mind are based on their knowledge and past experiences. For example, the three 10th grade classes discuss various meanings of being human. The most informative class is philosophy; a class of many peoples perspective on this question. The second most informative class is English 10; a lot of literature covered small amounts of the answer to this question. World History shows how everybody in the past has shown there own humanitarian and inhuman acts. When people think about humans they think about the body and how its different from any other living thing. people think about how we have opinions, choices, free will and thought . It is also seen that humans are the only life form to believe in a higher power. Can this be taken deeper? The fact is humans think deeper than anything else, humans have abstract thought.
When people think of the question “What does it mean to be human?” in philosophical terms a whole bunch of bearded, Greek ancient men pop into their head. All the philosophers that have brought attention to this question, prove there answers just by giving there own thought. Plato’s allegory of the cave is a play about humans giving things names and create separate reality’s. This was his example of the illusion of reality. Socrates made humans to be something that uses ethics and logic, separate from animals, humans reason and have a concept of time. St. Thomas Aquinas believes that as humans we are separated by science and God from every other creature by using the 5 proofs he had written. In physiological terms humans have something known as cognition and abstract thought. Every living thing acts on instinct but humans have the ability to go against instinct and bring in reason. Humans also have the capability to make a society, government and have politics. Humans have multiple advanced languages that other living things don’t. The biggest philosophical concept humans have is self reflection, that animals do not have.
Communication is such a big part of being human, if somebody loses their ability to communicate clearly with other humans you are just an animal, or you are given a disability but treated like a dependent. If somebody is in a coma are they still human or just and organism? From an art perspective, such as literature and music, being human is pure emotion and relation. Which gives the same idea of abstract thought and language. To have a type of reflection or way to compare ourselves, gives a human aspect. Everything from romance novels to guidance books such as the bible show people how to be human. Even factual literature has a human sense to it, solely because it is being communicated by humans to other humans. Caesar is a story about a roman leader who’s supposed best men cross him due to there own thoughts and emotions toward his place in society, this is clearly human thought. Every book in the bible talks about how we will cause hurt and follow the wrong path. Jesus was in every way human like us except for in sin. Humans were also made in the image of God. Every religion speaks of how humans were created different from all other creatures and some even say humans must respect all living things, other creature don’t have that sense of respect. All liturgical examples are human. Reactions to literature have been noticed to make us human. Everything we do has an emotional reaction to it especially in the arts. In poetry we give non human things human characteristics. Animals don’t smile, or pout. That is something learned as a human behavior.
In world history all the examples of human acts are shown, the biggest example is our reasons for war. Having political wars separates us and make us human. Technology and factories are something that humans would only conjure. Hitler was a human because he hated something so much he took control and decided to only keep things he wanted. His opinion makes him human, whether it be good or bad. Every act of Americas effort to help in situations they clearly do not belong in is an example of a human thought. The fact that humans put their lives up for something as unnecessary for survival such as communism, is something that makes them human. When we have popes, presidents and people in places of value for a power system, these are all thoughts created by humans.
In conclusion with all of these examples of “What it means to be human?” its determined that this whole paper is a great example of abstract thought. people are compelled to act human. What makes them human is every single time they take something into their thoughts and they spit it back out with a new concept or idea. The sheer fact that a person has a problem with what somebody else does or says, makes them human. The fact that people enjoy each others company and relationships through communication makes us human. People are not just alive, we are living amongst each other, constantly reiterating any single idea or thought giving them the meaning of being human. So this is one of those abstract questions, the fact that we asked it makes us human, there is no other organism on earth who would ask itself what makes it that exact thing. So next time people hear or read the question “What does it mean to be human?” , they should answer it with anything they want, because being human is all about the fact that people can think beyond, I’m hungry or I must survive.
Okay random, sitting here jamming to Kid Cudi and wiz its almost assumed that Brittany Dale is chillin’
Its the exact opposite thinking about what happens when a somebody dies, lost for a place in thought. God is a good option, helps us with things like responsibility and forgiveness. We tend to get the two mixed up. Almost placing those words next to each other every time, one is chosen, the opposite is soon grasped to be right there for the other almost like best friends. Seen to be so contradicting in her eyes. Its fact that people believe this to scare away the idea of nothingness after death and be with the forgiver forever. So the whole Jesus thing does make sense, make a mistake-be responsible thus, ask for forgiveness-go to heaven, but is this an option? So on to the next idea. Reincarnation? That’s far too painful for any individual even Brittany. To have to go through barring the life child called disappointment all over again, but there are people who fear the end the fact that there might be nothing, so they would rather re-live life over and over. What about Buddhism? Respect everything to achieve happiness. Its seems so simple but all the rules seem to not be giving a majority of people and even Brittany any pleasure nor satisfaction. Brittany has given thought to a multitude of options to satisfy her thought on the end of things but there isn’t really anything that persuades her to believe they can be true. All that floods her mind during a thunderstorm of doubt is the haunting thought that she will die one day and there will be nothing but he memory lingering in somebody’s mind who is still alive. Saying there is afterlife in life itself. No physical aspect such as heaven or coming back as another, not even a star in the midnight sky. Just the brick of a thought, there is nothing. She hopes shes wrong, but her whole life she hopes for the best and expects the worst. This clouds somebody’s morals as how to live there life, her own. Everybody says “be happy”. Should she go take risks and live life, or play it safe just in case there is something after it all comes to a halt. Well till then everything keeps on rolling making either way thinking about it seem to be wasting uncounted time.So whether she decides to live with no job, no sleep and party all day or to make school a short living and get a good job, settle down and get married, retire with a RV and grandchildren she will die not until then knowing what will happen. The thought that she doesn’t know witch one will make her more happy makes things a little harder. Will heaven make her happy or will right now make her happy. Even though its scarce she has a voice fallowing christian morals, there is also a part that thinks now is important to enjoy for the fear of no other chance to be happy.