what makes us human

May 26, 2010
By shakesbeer GOLD, Middletown, Connecticut
shakesbeer GOLD, Middletown, Connecticut
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Favorite Quote:
i rather die on my feet than live on my knees

butterflies flutter in your stomach, sweat drenches your face because of the fear and anxiety that grips your mind, these are only a few of the symptoms of a problem solely experienced by humans, worry that you have made the wrong choice. All non-humanoid living creatures of any variety, make their decisions and behavioral patterns due to instincts not choice. Choice is the real separator amongst man and beast it gives us our humanity, and emotions are the consequence of our power to choose. The panic and anxiety illustrated before is not suffered by animals only us, choice, ability to expand knowledge, and our domineer over the earth and its creatures are what defines humanity. The essence of humanity can be captured in many vessels but it’s most viable container is literature and more specifically genesis. Humanity is our uniqueness amongst ourselves.

Observing National Geographic you might see lions on the plane, or zebras in the herd, though upon more investigation you find they all do the same monotonous exercises all day, religiously. What looks like two cubs choosing to spend their time preforming the luxury of unnecessary wrestling is actually a vital and necessary exercise for young cubs to gain their strength. Meaning they wrestle out of survival instinct and necessity so they do not have choice because it is the only choice which is the equivalent of having no choice at all. Animal’s system of instincts are derived from their environment and allows them to survive all animals actions are related to survival they live with one goal stay alive as long as possible. Luxury is the opposite survival and it is a product of choice. Normal emotionally healthy people can choose to do things not related survival and even detrimental to it, the human power of choice is so dangerous because it allows us to chose to be disobedient and it allows us to choose luxury which is hand in hand with laziness. Looking at the bible’s genesis Adam and even had free choice when god gave them choice to eat of the tree of knowledge. There humans were given the divine power of choice, because no other creature has choice not even the highest of angels, and for good reason. Blind to many, the genesis story reveals much of the genius and wisdom of god because the gift of choice to an imperfect being with the expectation of positive outcome is flawed from the beginning. Now, god being able to see past present and future knew what would happen as a matter of fact it had to happen. God is not created and he is perfect because of it, angels are created thus they are not perfect either but their ability to choose is silenced rendering them as threatening as slaves, mankind was not perfect in the beginning but god had this goal in mind. The only way for a created being to achieve perfection is through grace, blood sacrifice, and redemption and even then when mankind is restore we will not be perfect as god is but we will be second to him. This basic bible concept is easily brought to light in the opening lines of Genesis when god proclaims we are made in his image. This phenomenon of choice is destructive and destruction defines the human race perfectly.

Coupled with our divine ability to choose mankind has been given the power of knowledge and with it morality thus making us the most powerful entity on the earth. The tree of knowledge in the genesis story gave Adam and eve knowledge of good and evil, meaning they knew evil they knew shame, how to be disobedient, disrespectful, and malevolent. This knowledge of evil corrupted their innocence and purity, and cost them paradise. Though they were cast out of the garden not because they discovered good and evil but because they disobeyed god; with the knowledge they gained they knew wrong from right so they were ashamed of the wrong choice they had made, that is why they hid from god. Animals do not know right from wrong at least it is not any where as developed as our concept. This is unique only in humanity, and making us human. Humans also have the capability to learn and think to a unyielding degree, we potential to hold such knowledge that it has never been reached before. This is known as intelligence and with it innovation and invention which has allowed us to domineer over the earth, just as god said in the garden you will be ruler over all things. Intelligence and knowledge of man is what makes us human.

In conclusion the Genesis story,, as well as many other tales, reveals concepts of humanity that give us a special entitlement on the earth. Intelligence and choice allow us to accomplish god’s goal to tend to the earth and rule over it. The rift between man and beast is wide, we vary on many planes that all branch out of these two factors, we worry because wee have the freedom of choice, we get out of shape and lazy because our innovations and inventions allow us to live a life where survival is not a goal. Mankind is special as genesis reveals. Humanity is our uniqueness amongst ourselves.

The author's comments:
wrote for class had to use genesis and other creation stories

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