Everyone who is able to comprehend this page is a human being. Well, of course, such an observation seems quite obvious. As far as I know, there are no hammerhead sharks following my blog. I write about the state of being human often because sometimes it seems like we forget that all of us are people.
Regular readers of this blog understand that this topic is interesting and worthy of frequent contemplation by its own merits. In fact, there are other bloggers who touch on aspects of being human beings every day. It’s worth noting that we humans like to read and write about ourselves, that’s just how we are. We enjoy affirming that we exist in a larger community. We also like to imagine that we’re unique beings.
As a species, we are more intelligent than other animals in ways we humans have determined. Lately there has been some doubt cast on whether or not we are more intelligent than octopuses. I’m not a marine biologist, so I’ll just set that judgment aside.
As human beings we share a basic understanding about anger, kindness, greed, jealousy, lust, hatred, and love. We set up boundaries around ourselves and our nations. There are frequent small and large conflicts due to these things. Again, this is obvious, but we forget about this fact, too. In the end, most of us feel a strong desire to be at peace with each other at every level.
We invent commemorations like Universal Human Beings Week in order to remind ourselves of these facts about ourselves. These reminders are celebrations of our common humanity. In the case of this commemoration, we honor humanity and just laws. We put human beings and ethical behavior above material wealth, borders, and strife.
Because most of us already want friendship, good will, and peace, this is the week we honor these positive concepts. We also remember that for a very large share of humanity the reality of peace, and harmony are only dreams and wishes.
This short post is only a reminder that this commemoration exists. It’s good to take some time this week to contemplate what it means to be a human being in the sense of being a member of the species homo sapiens, and being a human being in the sense of being an individual.