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What makes us human?
Merely our biology
or do emotions take a part;
is it our pain
our suffering
our optimistic joy
that defines our humanity?
Is it the ability to create
to love unconditionally
to regret and destroy those very things we hold dear?
Is it a consciousness
bestowed upon us by random firings in the brain
or by a God we cannot comprehend?
Is it the ability to look in the mirror and decide to
change the figure reflected back at us?
Is it our motivations
our desires
to be more
(always more)
than we could ever be?
What makes us so unique
so special
so amazingly human?

Philosophers argue
set up answers to a question
we can barely understand.
How can we analyze our biases;
how can we come to a conclusion that isn't tainted
with our human fingerprints?
Even before I took a philosophy class, this question was always on my mind. Philosophy merely heightened the desire for an answer. Honestly? I think it's all of them. Every little component I mentioned in the poem wrapped together with a pretty little bow is what makes us human. The good, the bad, the happy, the sad. There are times when I am let down by humanity and the evils we create, but then there are times when I see just how beautiful we can truly be.

What do you guys think makes us truly human?

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DizzyTestament Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2011
I took a philosophy class once - knowledge vs reality. It made my head spin...

We are human because of what we make of ourselves. Knowlege. Emotion. Self-awareness. Etc. We are who we are because we believe it. If we didn't we'd be something else...
losingmyfaith Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2011  Student Writer
Definitely! It's so fascinating, I love it.

fallenidle Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2011  Professional Writer
You, missy, should watch Dark City. Your poem immediately brought it to mind. I think you'd really enjoy it.

As far as my opinion, shit... part of me wants to say our brains, but then it's our brains that make us do the terrible things, too. Is it the domination? The will to become God instead of become one with existence? The need to be king of the mountain?

Maybe it's that we can want anything.
losingmyfaith Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2011  Student Writer
I shall check it out! Is it current or older?

Yeah, it's a tough question. There are so many aspects to humanity. I think an even bigger question is will we like the answer if we eventually find it? I think half of the philosophical questions are those questions you may not necessarily like the answer to, hahah.
fallenidle Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2011  Professional Writer
It's older, I think it's technically one of Jennifer Connely's first flicks, but it's a timeless classic. Creepy philosophical sci-fi, fuckin' love it!

And I couldn't agree more. So much of philosophy seems to be around to remind us how pointless humans and even philosophy actually is... it's like the checks-and-balances system to our massive egos haha.
losingmyfaith Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2011  Student Writer
I shall go look for it on Netflix now! It sounds good, I like creepy philosophical sci-fi things, hahah.

Hah, yeah it is! It's such an interesting topic, but you're never going to get a concrete answer. It irritates a lot of people, ha. But, I think if you embrace that, you can really learn some interesting things and open your mind to ideas you never would have thought about it. I love it. Even though it's kinda pointless. hahah.
storyofmylife054 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2011
I try to avoid philosophical discussion, cause after taking a class in it last semester I can ramble for a verrrrrrrryyyyyyyyyyy long time when talking philosophy haha
losingmyfaith Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2011  Student Writer
Me too! I've been rambly about it forever, even before I took a class. Now, it's just worse. I adore it. hahaha.
ohsparrowsong Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2011
but, beautiful piece. you always make me think
losingmyfaith Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2011  Student Writer
Thank you very much! I love making people think, haha. I think being able to justify our actions and such definitely plays a key role.

Now, If I were in philosophy, the next question I'd ask would be, if aliens landed tomorrow that behaved exactly as we do, but didn't look as we do, would we consider them persons/humans/etc? hahah. I love philosophy.
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