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Alex Hutchins

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What does it mean to be human?

As a College professor, I start the first day of every class by asking my students this question. Needless to say, they do not know how to answer it, even though they have previously had psychology and philosophy courses prior to the Junior/Senior classes that I typically teach.

So, if students do not know how to answer this question right away, then my next question is, do the rest of us know how to answer this question right away or would it require some reflection?

Or, does anyone really care?

I am sure that it has different meaning for different people but would it also have different meanings for different cultures?

Does being human mean some different in Christianity than it does for Muslims or people of the Jewish faith or agnostics for that matter?

Do we need to prove that we exist in order to answer this question? And, while you are pondering this one, let me explain: I am talking about "I think therefore I am," but is this life "real" or is this life a metaphor for the life that we will all be experiencing after death? If this life therefore is not real, does it matter that we exist and furthermore, does being human have any meaning at all?

Are we human because we oftentimes do not practice what we preach?

Are we human because we can skillfully put down the thoughts and comments of others?

Are we human because we are arrogant or wealthy although I see the two as mutually exclusive myself?

Are we human because we have faith and hypocritically live out that faith in our daily lives?

Are we human because we are a racist and have found clever ways to hide why we feel that way?

Are we human because we have cheated on our spouses?

Are we human because we like to engage in wars all over the globe so that we can prove we are better than others, or stronger... while really wanting to impose our way of life on them?

Are we human because we cannot accept cultural diversity as the new norm?

What are your thoughts as to what it means to be human?


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    Jun 25 2013: Of course the universe or rather the whole is expanding.
    Then every moment is completely new. Creative.
    Thus, it is not evolution; it is EVOLVING.
    The flow is directionless. Expanding WITH the whole in SAME direction by being directionless.
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      Jun 25 2013: Scientists years ago before the Hubble Telescope did not think the universe was capable of expanding...
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        Jun 25 2013: Knowing self one knows the whole. Hubble Telescope is just nearby, it has to show the point of INFINITY. so the portal is everywhere. something like Black Holes.
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      Jun 26 2013: Hi Samuel Haokip:

      Nice avatar/photo! What happens when the key enters the keyhole?
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        Jun 26 2013: the only way to find out is to meet me in person...
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          Jun 26 2013: I agree, but on balance, I think that I might be the one that YOU should want to meet. We just have to decide who is the teacher.

          My grandparents had keys like that to fit the house they lived in. The house & the keys went together. They always treated those keys with great reverence. They were expensive; & were as old as the house itself. Thank you for reminding me about that.

          But that still does not make you the teacher.
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      Jul 4 2013: Expanding or flowing somewhere else?

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