What on earth is a human? We’re the dominant species on earth. But we have so many weird quirks. Why do we walk on two legs instead of four. Why do we cry when other animals don’t seem to be so emotional. Why are we so different in the way we all look? There’s so many unanswered questions.
There’s a lot of intelligent people working to answer those very questions. So we can understand what exactly a human is. But there might be a more important and powerful question. Regardless of what a human is, what does it mean to be human?
Here’s my answer and thoughts on it.
To be human means given power, intelligence, and freewill always choosing to do good for the collective whole.
That’s a super complicated answer but with a little thought and explanation it makes sense. Humans are just like every animal around us. We eat to survive. We sleep to preserve energy. And we have sex to pass our genes on to the next generation. There’s not much different in any of those departments.
But humans have been given a few key differentiators in our life. I would even go as far as to call them advantages. We’re powerful beings that can very easily communicate in depth. We are superior in the raw intelligence we have. And we’re given a whole next level of free-will. These things are not found on this level for any other organism.
It is honestly nothing short of a miracle to have these differentiators. It’s the perfect combination to make humans the most powerful and dominant species on earth. (The universe is a whole different ball game haha.) But with all these things there’s ample opportunity for us to be evil. And somehow, we actively choose to be good.
That is what it is to be human. We are given so many advantages in life. We could use these traits to do some of the most evil things. Yet, we choose to do good again and again. And not only good, we do good for the collective whole. We’re always trying to better the human race.
Granted, there is corruption and acts of evilness. There are people who have purely bad intentions. But there will always be one or two bad apples in the bunch. That’s just math. We aren’t defined by the acts and mistakes of terrorists, tyrants, and corrupt leaders. Think about all the good we still pushed on to do.
That’s the beauty of being human. Even when evil is all around us, we choose to do good. Even when the war looks lost, we stand up for good for all of humanity. That’s something that nobody can take from us. We’re trying to cure cancer, end poverty, and bring humans to Mars.
That is humanity in it’s purest form. Even when you think back to the cavemen days, we were still trying to make fire to keep our fellow humans warm. Because we’re powerful beings, but we’re good people first. We are humans. We are humanity. And that’s what it means to be human.