Leslie Ruth Posted 3 months ago Are we Human Beings or Human Doings? Thanks for your comments, Kain. We are fascinatingly odd, aren't we? We are so obsessed with our social images, working so hard on how we fit in among others of our human herd. I wonder how good we can be at distinguishing our authentic selves from the personas we've created aimed at gaining social acceptance? Do we even recognize the difference? I love the idea of living an openly authentic life and imagine it is a peaceful place to be, but I wonder how powerful the social influence is, which impacts what we do? I've sometimes pondered what it would be like if I were to become the only human being on earth so that perceptions of others would no longer influence my behaviors. I'm thinking that being authentic wouldn't matter to me any more. We need others to want to be around us because without them we feel lonely. Still, I think it would be conducive to our well-being if what we do would accurately reflect our well thought out beliefs and convictions. Even so, perhaps we need new questions to ask when getting to know each other beyond "what do you do?" Any ideas anyone?