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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...
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losingmyfaith Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2011  Student Writer
Definitely! It's so fascinating, I love it.

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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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
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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.
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ohsparrowsong Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2011
but, beautiful piece. you always make me think
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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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ohsparrowsong Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2011
personally i would.
however i get the feeling that many would disagree with me.
i think that being human isn't about what we look like. we all look different.
someone who is missing an arm is still human,
how is that any different to say, having three eyes and being green?
if they can reason and think in a logical rational way, then they are to that degree human.
however, i also think that there is more than one trait that makes us human.
(and you mentioned them in your poem)
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losingmyfaith Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2011  Student Writer
I agree (: The beautiful thing about humanity is the variety. We're all different. I think in a lot of ways we have the same motivations, desires, pains, etc, but what we do with those motivations, desires, pains is different to every one of us.
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ohsparrowsong Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2011
this is making me wish i'd done religion and philosophy this year.
however, my arguments are all well and good in writing, but having to make them
vocal in front of a class, i'd clam up.
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losingmyfaith Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2011  Student Writer
It can be hard. I'm fortunate enough to have a great class. And, I'm a pretty vocal person as is. What helps is having that one person you can look at and just tell them, haha. And, if the atmosphere is great, being able to discuss things will come easily. (:
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ohsparrowsong Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2011
most of the people in my school are people i want to call mean names.
i have my friends, and we're not exactly the most popular of kids.

i do, however, LOVE my english class.
best group of people ever. <3
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losingmyfaith Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2011  Student Writer
Aw :huggle:

Yay, English!! I'm glad!!
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ohsparrowsong Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2011
while philosophy never has been a strong point of mine, i think that the simple idea that we can argue and debate what it is that makes us human in the first place makes us human, and unlike anything else that walks this earth.
we can form a view point, and we can justify it and form our own opinions depending on the information we have available.
this alone makes us human.
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