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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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    Jul 5 2013: We are sentient being, our soul is the power source of this bio mechanical machine.
    This vessel is only a garment for the soul, without it we ascend the realm of being into the collective

    But let talk about being human
    Our purpose is to learn and study, create and leave a legacy.
    So if we learn to be positive and study to create beauty than our life has meaning.
    Being human is an experience and education that is invaluable to the soul
    We only discover the value of life lessons when we allow the wisdom to flow back into our lives
    Through meditation and prayer we achieve this inner enlightenment.
    Only then we appreciate the beauty of life.
    Selflessness is a beautiful virtue to aspire for.
    Generosity of charity is selfless act when giving and not expecting anything in return is the beauty that life teaches us through life lessons
    Gratitude is the appreciation for being alive in this realm of existence.

    Our soul only learns if we allow it too
    But through outside influences we either accept the education of life's lessons or we indoctrinated with negative influences of greed, corruption and envy
    But life is glorious this way, everyday we learn and everyday we should be filled with gratitude that our life has meaning that way.
    May we create the beauty we seek in others. By being the change we hope to see.
    We can do that and more because this life has been given to us to accomplish more by creatin more
    We learn from our mistakes and the failure of others. That is the wisdom of life the beauty of our existence
    We are not only part of the collective, we are the collective.
    We represent the hive of innovative philosophers of life
    Only when we embrace this spirituality our wisdom grows, we evolve into our sentient self
    We are the most powerful being in our existence creating this realm in the image of our thought
    To stop evil we must embrace the light of hope and inner peace
    Enlightenment is the escape of the drudgery of negative life
    That is the beauty of our being

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