Thursday, May 24, 2012

What Does It Mean To Be Human? A Historical Perspective 1800-2011 | Brain Pickings

  • "Ultimately, What It Means to Be Human is less an answer than it is an invitation to a series of questions, questions about who and what we are as a species, as souls, and as nodes in a larger complex ecosystem of sentient beings. As Bourke poetically puts it, Erasing the awe-inspiring variety of sentient life impoverishes all our lives.” And whether this lens applies to animals or social stereotypes, one thing is certain: At a time when the need to celebrate both our shared humanity and our meaningful differences is all the more painfully evident, the question of what makes us human becomes not one of philosophy alone but also of politics, justice, identity, and every fiber of existence that lies between."

    tags: elametatopic

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