Humans are moral beings with a freedom which make them different from animals (Ridley, 2011). Humans are described to have feelings or passion. In themselves, these feelings are neither morally good nor morally evil. How humans see themselves is the foundation of their values, choices, relationships with people and nature. Elements of being human, making their own decisions and bearing the consequences of them, to be able to fit in different racial, religious, cultural and political groups, to have the ability to communicate consistently and to think about the past, present and the future and any other element of being human will be analyzed, explained and illustrated in this paper. These are the specific elements that distinguish humans from other beings making our lives livable.
Human beings make their own decisions and bear consequences that come with them. These decisions vary on where to live, what to eat or wear, and what to do and when to do it. Despite the fact that animals make decisions on what to eat and when to mate, their choices are always influenced by a human (Premack, 2007). On the other hand, humans have cognitive abilities which enable them to make sound decisions, which some have lifelong consequences, throughout their lifespan (Santos & Rosati, 2015).
Humans possess the ability to live and fit in varied racial, religious, cultural and political groups (Boesch, 2007). Ecologically, humans are organisms that can interact with other living beings. These help them develop a more comprehensive planetarium consciousness and perspective. As a result, migration enables humans to fit in different cultural groups in their search for settlement, vacation and work activities. Humans are viewed as an incarnation of the internalized worldviews, traditions, belief and values as well as the perception of reality.
The third element is that humans are spiritual. Some belief in religion and others believe in its non-existent. The group of religious people believes they were created hence purposeful and correctly designated. It is characterized by the elements of oneness, constancy and eternity (Finlay, 2010). Regardless of an individual’s religious beliefs and thoughts of what happens after death, humans are well aware of death and life after death, unlike other living beings. Even though some beings react when one of their dies, they are unaware that it affects others. Humans have similar elements with other beings, but the spiritual aspect is unique to them (Wood, 2001).
Another element that makes humans is the ability of self-consciousness and appreciation of beauty (Goffinet, 2011). Beyond a simple recognition of self, which is seen in few other beings like animals, the human can admire, critique and understand his environment. He realizes what needs to be done to make the world a better place. On the other hand, humans can appreciate the beauty and make efforts to preserve it. It can be a simple sunset, a piece of artwork or design of a flower. They can understand, create and express humor (Lavenda & Schultz, 2018). Humans can detach themselves from their surroundings to understand things. In conclusion, these elements discuss help define humans and what makes humans unique from other beings. The ability to appreciate beauty, be aware of death, spiritual and the ability to fit in different cultures, groups and races illustrate the nature of humans hence making their lives livable. Despite the numerous physical and biological similarities between humans and other beings, the variation between them is the combination of the complex reasoning, the ability to recognize and have respect for one another, the use of language and the ability to solve problems and overcome challenges and introspection on our own. These are the significant elements that make human.
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