Friday, June 17, 2005

Understanding Human Existence

Merely having life and therefore existing should not be a cause for much awe and wonder. Though it definitely is a valuable thing - to have life, there is something immensely more valuable than living: Being radiantly aware of your life. What is having life? Animals have it. Even plants have life. Animals and plants live. We are a kind of animal. And as such, we can exist as mere animals, living our life away, simply waiting for life to pass because that is what animals do. Or we can LIVE LIFE like HUMANS. The subtitle to my blog, my personal credo, and the quote of Ayn Rand is "Living life is not the same thing as avoiding death." Just the mere act of breathing and living is not worthy of much praise. Dogs do that, and the trees do that. The scientific definition of death is not just the stopping of the heart, but also the ceasing of the brain waves. Technically, a human being could survive with just a beating heart and no brain activity. Infact, I would go so far as to say that there are millions on this earth who are doing just that: living as creatures that breath and have beating hearts. The difference worthy of all awe, wonder, and praise is the witness of that Human who not only demonstrates a clear evidence of life, but also a celebration of that AWARENESS of LIFE -- manifested in his/her productive and rational achievement. The awareness of life by the faculty of self-consciousness that is ONLY possible to Human Beings, not to any other creature on this earth, and therefore differentiates a self-conscious THINKING Human from any other creature (human or animal). It is only proper for a human to think. To use his/her faculty of thinking and intelligence to enhance his/her experience of living. Anything less is not good enough.

3 Comments:

Blogger Semperviva said...

YES! exactly! people don't think they just are!!! so when you challenge them ask them WHY to anything like a little kid why? why? why? they will never know why they do anything...

6/17/2005 05:26:00 PM  
Blogger Ergo Sum said...

Sophia, I like the way you write.. it's like a continuous stream of ideas hastily solidified into words... it cares less about the traditional rules of language, syntax, and grammar. It's an interesting form of creative writing.

6/27/2005 07:14:00 PM  
Blogger Semperviva said...

i like the way you write about the way i write :)

7/01/2005 08:46:00 PM  

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