Being Human Query
What does it mean to Be Human?
What defines us as humans?
My first thought was that being self-aware is a defining characteristic of humanity. And my second thought was that elephants are self-aware. Turns out that apes and dolphins are, too.
On the other hand, I know some people who are not self-aware. At all.
I think what makes humans fundamentally different from animals
is the fact that we contemplate our place in the universe.
We ask questions.
We understand that we are alive, and we understand that we will someday die.
In the meantime, we want to know how we got here, what’s the purpose of being here, are we alone here, and is there a here after this one?
Being human means asking the question,”What does it mean to be human?”
A few items of interest:
- Apes and Human ~ Self Awareness (psikita.wordpress.com)