What does it mean to be human?

This question actually reminds me of the Theory of Knowledge class I take at school. To me, being human means to be able to make mistakes and learn from them. Being human means to be able to feel and to express thoughts and emotions. Being human means to reach out and to save the lost. I could go on forever about this question, but I will end it on one last note. Being human means to embrace the good and evil that lies within you so that you may go out into the world and preach the good news that is love, peace and joy.

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God loves each of us as if there were only one of us.
Augustine (via churchjanitor)

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For after all what is man in nature? A nothing in relation to infinity, all in relation to nothing, a central point between nothing and all and infinitely far from understanding either. The ends of things and their beginnings are impregnably concealed from him in an impenetrable secret. He is equally incapable of seeing the nothingness out of which he was drawn and the infinite in which he is engulfed.

-Blaise Pascal

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Culture.

To be human, one must experience culture.  All too often Christians use the phrase, “be in, but not of the world,” as a justification of isolating themselves from the world.  This act is contradictory to the life of Jesus; he entered into this world and lived among us, yet was without sin.  When I look at how Christ changed the world with his love and how he beckons us to participate in this change, I conclude that being human means experiencing culture.  Experiencing culture is understanding it in depth and look at the complexities of issues from many sides, but as a Christian one cannot stop at this step.  After understanding, Christians must analyze culture for its unjust and redemptive aspects (the qualities of death and the qualities of life).  Finally, a Christian must seek to work with God to transform culture if necessary (heightening the impact of God’s grace in the world).  God is making all things new and wants Christians to participate in this redemption; thus, to be truly human is allowing Christ to transform us and the culture in which one lives.

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It’s to have absolutely no idea where you’re going, it’s to breathe with no regrets. It’s to make plans and have dreams for tomorrow when you have absolutely no proof that tomorrow is ever gonna come. It’s to know that you make a difference.

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To Be Human

Being human is realizing that you are gifted with an intellect that not all beings are given. With that intellect comes responsibility, which you can either accept or deny, and also a general understanding that you are imperfect and will one day die.

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From Peter Maurin, Founder of the Catholic Worker

To give and not to take

   that is what makes man human.

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To be imperfect; and to be loved.

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The Complexity of the Human Eye - The Beauty of the Human Soul

The human eye is incredible. The fact that there are actually 2 of them working together for the same purpose -yet independently of each other is even more so…If you take in to account all of the sequences that are firing off at this instant while you read this , it’s just plain staggering… There is no question ,given the complexity of these organs that they were carefully created with much thought and care..

But for all their grandeur , they are still limited as to what they can do..

You will never be able to see your own face with the exception of the tip of your nose without the aid of a reflection..nor the back or top of your head ,with out the aid of some sort of reflection or mirror..I think we all would agree that we don’t leave the house to go anywhere without first checking our reflection first..but have you ever considered what it is we are checking?

You see we have set a standard in our minds that we check against, and depending on how the reflection looks we make adjustments - in other words we are looking for flaws… And when we find them, we make the corrections to our satisfaction and then we go about our business but regularly taking advantage of any reflective surface we pass - to just “be sure” that everything is still in check…

With all of our care and personal honesty we attack the flaws in mirror with conviction..yet what do we do about the inside?…how do our eyes see in there?… This is another limitation to the eye- it can’t look inward without a reflective surface…

So have you ever looked intently into a mirror…into your own eyes? Even then ,you cant see whats in your heart… you cant see the side of your self that no one else knows.. But God does - after all , if he put that much CARE into your EYES , how much more then did he for your SOUL?…

He created it.. He gave us his words to nourish it… and when we have broken it , he gave us his son to SAVE it…

Would he not also give us a way to CARE for it?.. A mirror of sorts to check for the flaws and make adjustments?… A standard to set our minds on?…. yet for many , that standard sits on a shelf and NEVER gets looked into…For all the beauty we take in with our eyes, nothing compares to the beauty and majesty The God who created us..

For all of our complexity and beauty - we are flawed and fragile creatures…If eye sight is considered to be the most valued of the senses , how much more then is the soul and the ability to look inside and see your own - and be CONTENT with what you SEE?

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To be human..

It’s laughing with your friends at times when you shouldn’t. It’s the sweat in your palms wanting to know someone you see and the pit in your stomach when they actually see you. It’s being touched by hands that aren’t your own. It’s the thrill of an escape that almost wasn’t. It’s the embarrassment you feel, naked for the first time. It’s helping a friend find something they lost. It’s a smile, a joke, a song. It’s what someone does that they like doing. It’s what someone does that they like remembering. It’s the thinking of things you may never do and the doing of things you many never have thought. It’s the road ahead and the road behind. It’s the first step, the last step, and every step between that makes up the good life.

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