What is a “Human being”?!
Question from the Internet:
“What is a human being according to modern philosophers? What is the integral nature of a human person?”
I do not know what philosophers think about human beings.
But according to unique, empirical, natural scientists — who have been studying human nature in comparison with Nature’s finely balanced, integral system — a Human being is one who can become similar to Nature above and against one’s inherently “unnatural” nature, inner program.
The word “human” can be translated as “Adam” in Hebrew and it comes from the expression “similar”.
While all other inanimate, vegetative and animate elements, parts of Nature are instinctively integrated into Nature’s single living system, humans are born with a unique “outsider” status, as we feel ourselves as standalone, independent, subjective, and individualistic beings.
We have no innate sense of belonging to Nature, we do not automatically feel the mutual integration in the system and we do not know all the strict Natural laws that sustain, govern that integration, facilitate the homeostasis life depends on.
This is why human beings feel like “abandoned children”, forced to ruthlessly compete, fight for their survival, develop civilizations, and a lifestyle that is based on the brutal, selfish fulfillment of the individual at the expense of others and Nature.
As a result, we act like cancer towards each other and Nature, and by our times, as a result of saturating the planet and developing our technology, societies to today’s level, this human cancer reached a terminal stage. We are on the brink of self-destruction, which can start from multiple possible trigger points at multiple, seemingly unconnected locations on the planet (wars, ecological/natural disasters, plagues, socio-economic collapse, water, and food shortage, depression and subsequent substance abuse, suicide).
Fortunately, we also have a unique Human ability to recognize this and accept that the root of all our problems is in our inherent nature. We can also consciously, purposefully initiate an unprecedented self-change, self-upgrade process, methodically “forcing”, harnessing Nature’s evolution, available Natural forces to help us become like the rest of the system, seamlessly, perfectly integrated, contributing to the overall balance and homeostasis.
We can do that by creating Nature-like Human interconnections, mutual integration — above and against our inherently egocentric, subjective, exploitative tendencies, desires.
It is this conscious self-development, the consciously, actively, purposefully executed integration into Nature against ourselves that will elevate us to the “truly Human” level of evolution. And as a result of this process, we will become Nature’s only conscious, integrated at the same time, independent observers and partners.