What does it mean to be human?

  • October 12, 2013 · 5:00 PM
  • Jonathan & Retha's home

Crimes against humanity. That's an inhuman thing to do. People should know better. These are phrases taken out of last week's news. What does it mean to be human? Are we really different than any other life form here on planet earth or the whole universe for that matter? What sets us apart? TV often shows us our humanity through a nonhuman form (robot, dog, etc.). Why does this work?

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  • Jack

    Toward Awajening, Jean Vaysse :
    Man is such a complex being that he can be studied in very different ways, which take into account more or less adequately his structure and the relationships between his different parts. The most complete and the most useful view for the search we are undertaking considers that his organic body, the only one immediately and directly accessible, is made up of a number of different organic and “psychological” functions, and that these are directed by centers which give to the basic vital energy the specific force proper to each function. The organic body consists of a combination of individual qualities. Some of these are inborn and together constitute the basic initial aspect of each man. They can therefore be called his essence. The rest are a collection of acquired characteristics superimposed by the environment during the course of life. Because of this added-on character (put on like a theatrical mask persona), they can be called his personality. A

    October 8, 2013

  • Ranu R.

    Glad the timing works out this time - looking forward!

    October 6, 2013

  • Adam

    Here is an interesting quote related to this topic. I thought it was relevant. Of course, it's controversial. "Mankind is just another animal, sometimes better, more often worse than those that walk on all-fours, who, because of his “divine spiritual and intellectual development,” has become the most vicious animal of all! Elevating the human species as somehow innately superior to other animals is blatant self-deceit. Humanity is driven by the same natural urges that other animals experience. While our intellect has allowed us to accomplish truly great things (which should be appreciated), it can also be credited with incredible and wanton acts of cruelty throughout history."

    1 · September 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    One of these days - I just saw that I am attending a going away party that night!!! Great topic!!!

    September 17, 2013

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