Human, the forgotten label

What label personifies you?

“person watching through hole” by Dmitry Ratushny on Unsplash

The Break Down in Humans

When we begin to break down a human, we begin by classifying certain aspects of that individual and ask ourselves these questions:

Classifying Ourselves into Groups

You grab a group of people and you analyze all of their characteristics and conclude that the majority have x characteristics in common. Therefore, that is what defines this group. Let’s label them Y. You draw notions (judgement) based on group Y’s characteristics. Then, it depends on what characteristic you are focusing on, it could be good or bad. When you look at an individual from group Y, that known characteristic is all you see. Then you begin taking stock of who you are and how you fit into the world. You compare your findings of yourself to theirs.That group has different characteristics than yours.

Fear

The one thing that separates our species from the rest of the animal kingdom is our ability to look ahead at the future and ponder the past. We fear the future because it is unknown. We fear death — the irreversible. We fear a future in which our existence will change and will forever be irreversible.(Stephen West)

  • Running or escaping from the immediate danger,
  • Sharply focusing our attention and mobilizing us to act to reduce or eliminate the danger when we can take effective action to cope with the threat, or
  • Panic, including shortness of breath, racing heartbeat, and the inability to focus on anything but worrying about the feared future event,
  • Fighting to destroy the object of our fear.

“It is in virtue of unity that beings are beings…deprived of unity, a thing ceases to be what it is called…unity gone, neither remains thus even continuous magnitudes could not exist without an inherent unity; break them apart and their very being is altered in the measure of the breach of unity.” (The Enneads of Plotinus)

Finding the Label that Best Suits Me

I am also bisexual — I wasn’t always. I grew up heterosexual, until, I met an individual (woman) who awoke feelings in me I never knew I had. It was a very confusing point in my life. I didn’t identify as gay, and I was not attracted to women but I loved a woman.

Studying humanity to gain a better understanding of life and what it means to be human. “The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing” -Socrates

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