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Sunday, September 1, 2013

What does it mean to be human?

To be human is more than meets the eye. We often associate "human" with Homo sapiens, the generic name of a bipedal mammal with a large brain and the capability of speech and somewhat rational thinking. However, there is a difference between being human and being a person. In Sunnie D. Kidd's 1990 thesis The Experiential Method there are three principles that preserve the person as a human rather than the raw basics of nature:

1)  What we are over what we have.
2)  Communion over alienation.
3)  Human freedom rooted in conscious.

A person is nothing more than an organism reacting without awareness. The three principles above are what make a person a human. The three principles are what maintain a proper balance between the human person and the basic nature of awareness.

How do you go from being a reactive person to a conscious human?  That's the discussion for my next post. 

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